I like words. I like to learn new ones. To spell them
corectly correctlly correctly. I even have the word-of-the-day on my igoogle page.
The other day I thought about the word “column”– as in a newspaper column. People who write columns are called columnists. It just hit me that that word came about because uh…the article in the shape of a COLUMN on the page. How funny that the word “column” stuck! You’d think columnists would want a better title–something not named after the shape of their job.
Another word I love is “cops”. You know, as in the police, the fuzz, the po-po. Supposedly the word cops comes because of back in the day when policemen had copper buttons. People referred to them as coppers, then shortened it to cops. I’m sure it was a derogatory term at first, but now policemen even refer to themselves as cops!
Do you ever watch Inside the Actor’s Studio? One of the questions James Lipton always asks the celebs is, “What’s your favorite word?” I saw Renee Zellweger answer, “corn”. I don’t know why this struck me as so funny and I still remember it. Corn?! That’s her favorite word?! I guess it is kind of weird to say. Corn. Corn. Corn. Corn.
A few other words I like:
Debris. I can’t help it. It makes me laugh to pronounce it “deb-ris”.
Coagulate. Is that the sickest word ever?! gag.
Chocolate. For obvious reasons.
What’s your favorite word?