For reasons I no longer can recall, my college roommates and I once came up with a list of our favorite words. There are certain words that I love to hear roll off the tongue, and those words would include, in no particular order, “mongoose”, “armadillo”, “smitten”, and “sublime”. As much as I love each of these words, they can be difficult to use in every day conversation, which is one of the things that makes them so special.
Irregardless of how much you love a particular word, proceed with caution when and where you use it. For example, I love the word ‘bamboozled’ as much as the next person, but something about it seems more suited for a 1940’s gangster film than for a 21st century legal proceeding. Although if I were on the jury or the presiding judge in a court case, and the plaintiff or defendant used “bamboozled” or one of my other favorite words, I may find in their favor. I can just hear it now, “The smitten armadillo bamboozled the mongoose, which was less than sublime, not to mention, illegal.” Then again, maybe, some words are best enjoyed privately, rather than put on trial.
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