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Staffbox | What’s your favorite (or least favorite) word?



What’s your favorite (or least favorite) word?

Suzie Broshous: My favorite word is “ferocious” … I can’t imagine why.

Stephen Matney: Maybe it’s obvious but “onomatopoeia” is a really odd word for what it is, and I like that a lot. You’d think it’d be a little simpler, like members of its crew, “pow!” “blam!” and, everyone’s favorite, “patowie!”

Chelsie Booker: Least favorite = “bro,” also pronounced “bra” at times. Doesn’t matter its context. I do not like it. Not at all. Ever.

Doug Kruithof: It’s gotta be “nucular”—is that the phonetic way of spelling nuclear?

Emily Prachthauser: Least favorite word: “paste.” Toothpaste is all right, but tomato paste? Really? Doesn’t sound like something I should be consuming.

Jamie Gadette: I like outdated words like “balderdash,” “rigamarole” and “hullabaloo.” I hate the word “panty” or any variation thereof.

Brandon Burt: Greek geometric terms like “asymptote” and “hyperbola” are excellent, but my favorite one turns out to be Latin: “directrix,” slightly less bossy than “dominatrix,” but very crisp and efficient, and, if she tells you to go that way, that’s the way you go. No backtalk.

Bryan Bale: I can’t say I’ve chosen an overall favorite yet, but right now, I’m liking “mons.”

Derek Jones: My favorite word, you say? “Indubitably,” no doubt. What can I say? I like sounding like a Victorian scholar.

Jackie Briggs: “Lollygagging.” My dad used to always say “quit your lollygagging” and I would just twirl around and repeat the word over an over again because I thought it sounded nice ... it really pissed him off.

Eric Peterson: I’m a fan of collective nouns myself. Everyone knows “a gaggle of geese,” but how about “a murder of crows,” “a conspiracy of ravens,” “a pride of lions,” “a knot of toads” or “a skulk of foxes”?

Holly Mullen: I’ve never been too high on “stimulate.” I like words from my grandma’s era: “cad,” and “heel,” for instance, so beautifully describe scummy men.

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