I find many words are wonderful, irrespective of their meaning. They just look or sound great.
Here are some of my favourites, I'll think of more later.
If you have any gems of your own to share, do join in!
Well Ray. There are a few in your lists I have never seen before. Glad we didn't get round to scabble!
You'll be familiar with a TORUS, of course - it's a 3-dimensional geometric shape, roughly akin to a ring doughnut.
Ok, an inflated rubber ring (for swimming), then.
Oxter = Armpit.
What are your favourite words?
Favourite words of mine are Scottish place names.
I used to live 5 miles from Drumnadrochit...
Right, back to words we simply like the look or sound of, irrespective of their meaning:
On the same track, who remembers the periodic table?
Here's Tom Lehrer's version, sung to Gilbert & Sullivan's
"I am the very model of a modern major general"
There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium
There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium
There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and caesium
And lead, praeseodymium and platinum, plutonium
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium
There's sulphur, californium and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.
There are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered.