Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Fireplace"

The mind goes in funny ways. Like this morning I got to thinking about the word 'fireplace'. It used to be just another word in my extended vocabulary. Until 1981. To many of you that was before civilization as you know it began. To me it was just like last year. Anyway, Sam and I were language school in Campinas, Brazil. Sound impressive? it would be, but it was all just a normal place with normal people, albeit somewhat exotic. Anyway, one of the teachers at the language school, Dona Betty, would talk about the word 'fireplace' and how she thought that was the prettiest word in the English language. She would say it slowly, then fast, and just smile, and then ask, "Don't you think it is a beautiful word?" We would roll our eyes, then agree.

This begs the question: What word -or term-do YOU think is beautiful? Now, of course, the meaning of the word might affect you, but try and not let it. Leave your answer as a comment, okay? I'll go first.

(Stop rolling those eyes!!)

8 comments:

mm jw said...

how about 'eyelash'?

Bailey Jo said...

That is a really hard question. I'm going to have to think about it for a little bit. There are so many words out there.

Wil Carmack said...

the word "refresh" popped in my mind first because it sounds like water

laura said...

i enjoy the word flamingo. and multiplicative. i was obsessed with that word when I learned about it in my seventh grade math class. it just bounces off your tongue

Anonymous said...

I like this blog.
What about the name, 'Valerie' or 'Beverly'? or 'London'?
-Midge

*Caroline* said...

how about Prolific, or Seattle
i like those

April said...

the way some people say chocolate is beautiful. And I learned something called a gauche conformation in my organic chemistry class. I like that word, gauche

Elizabeth H. said...

I've always thought the word champagne was beautiful. Even if you pronounce every single letter (shamp-ag-nay) its still pretty.