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My favorite word

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And a few other words.

Writing prompt: What is your favorite word? Why? What is your least favorite word? What word are you entirely neutral about? For all your word choices, is it how they sound, or what they mean that defines your opinion of them?

My favorite word is creativity. My least favorite word is stagnation. Not because the way they sound, but because of what they mean. They are opposites in many respects.

In 2010, two words stood out: app and vuvuzela. “App” is a handy little word for a software application running on computers or phones. And if we didn’t know what a “vuvuzela” was before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we certainly learned it as the sound of these high decibel plastic horns sounded throughout the lands. It is of course available as a phone app.

The various Words of the Year for 2010 reflected the financial situation. According to Merriam-Webster, austerity was the most searched for word, referring to the measures passed by the Greek government. “Austerity” means “enforced or extreme economy”, or simply put: major belt-tightening.

Military acronyms and slang
“I need an IFAK because of the POC of the IED that’s in the LZ.” Armed services are known for their acronyms. They might be incomprehensible to non-militaries, but they are useful when you need to say a lot in a short time. Translation: “I need an individual first aid kit because of the point of contact of an improvised explosive device that’s in the landing zone.” See Military Slang Sayings.

One famous WW2 slang is FUBAR, introduced to many of us in “Saving Private Ryan”. It means “F****d Up Beyond All Recognition”. Others are “blanket drill”, which means sleep, and “meat wagon”, which means ambulance. My favorite is “Mein Kampf”, not Hitler’s manifesto, but the leaflets that were dropped over enemy territory. There is a whole list on WW2 Slang, Abbreviation and Acronyms.

Rough humor in tough times. Nevertheless extremely creative.

See also:
American Dialect Society – selected jazz as the Word of the 20th Century


Written by Solveig Hansen

February 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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