I have been asking a few people what their favourite word is lately. The question "What is your favourite word?" fills me with excitement that I'm either about to learn a new word or a fact about someone that I previously didn't know. When I hear an obscure word, I'll likely ask why the other person finds it interesting. Or should I say intriguring. Or thought-provoking. Or [insert synonym here].
When I first asked someone this question, I responded that my favourite word is internationalisation (or internationalization for my American readers). I am interested in this word not for the definition -- "the action or process of making something international.", according to Google -- but the length and character composition. In addition, "internationalisation" is fun to say. I have never had a discussion where the word is useful, however. Would any readers like to discuss internationalisation over email?
I also like the word "shall". It is polite, graceful, and uncommon. Those who have spoken with me in person may have noticed my affinity for the word "shall".
Here are some other words I like:
What is your favourite word? Why is it your favourite word? Send me an email at readers [at] jamesg.blog and, with permission, I will anonymously share your word in a future post.
(Fun fact: This post contains more instances of the word "internationalisation" than any other post on my blog. I checked and my only other usage of any related word is "internationalized", used once in a post in 2021.)
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