The English language has some pretty cool words. Here is a list of 5 that I love, along with definitions and example sentences.
“Having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing.”
Example: There was a wistful smile on her face as she thought about her youth.
Why I love it: The sounds in the word remind me of the feeling itself.
“Outstandingly bad; shocking.”
Example: The accountant made an egregious error which cost his client a large sum of money.
Why I love it: This word is such a mouthful and sounds very heavy and clunky, which is perfect given it’s meaning.
“Having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance.”
From the concept of a rake, described by Wikipedia as “a carefree, witty, sexually irresistible aristocrat” in England during the 1660s – 1680s.
Example: He wore a rakish smile as he walked into the room, an air of confidence and ease about him.
Why I love it: Though the concept is somewhat outdated, once in a while I run into a man like this, or see a smile like this, and the word just fits so perfectly.
“Not considered to be respectable in character or appearance.”
Example: I wish you would stop spending time with that disreputable bunch you call your friends.
Why I love it: It’s a simple, elegant way of describing a not-so-simple concept.
“Attractively unusual or old-fashioned.”
Example: My grandmother lives in a quaint cottage in a small English village.
Why I love it: It is just fun to say, especially if you really articulate the “t”.
What about you? What are some of your favourite English words?