Fun Monday: favorite words

This week’s Fun Monday host is Mothers of Brothers. The topic is favorite words.

I ADORE words, but I’m unable to come up with many “favorites.” I’d like to think this means I’m more concerned about the message I’m portraying with my words, rather than just knowing and using big words. It’s just as likely I’m having a massive brain cramp. ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on…

All definitions are from

  • conundrum — “an intricate and difficult problem.”
  • behoove — “to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for <it behooves us to go>”
  • dearth“an inadequate supply : lack <a dearth of evidence>”
  • bereft (this is one my husband reminded me of) — “lacking something needed, wanted, or expected โ€”used with of<the book isโ€ฆcompletely bereft of an index”

I’m sure I’ll think of more favorites after this is published, but them’s the breaks. ๐Ÿ™‚

So tell us all some of your favorite words.

20 thoughts on “Fun Monday: favorite words

  1. Jen

    I love to use the words plethora and pensive, and love the way that the words wagon and ghost sound as they come out of my mouth. Currently, I am on GRE word overload, so any word that I can define is also a big favorite!

    Jen’s last blog post..Chloe Campbell Alexa Barrett Piper Bean

    “Plethora” is one of the words I WISH I’d remembered for this post. I LOVE that word!

  2. MothersofBrothers

    These are great words!! And totally original. Ive been on many sites today and havent seen these yet — I use them all. Since you like behhove and bereft — do you also like betwixt? I love that one.

    Thanks for sharing with us!!

    Betwixt” IS a good word. Thanks for such a fun Fun Monday assignment.

  3. Irish Coffeehouse

    Great words! Behoove is a good one too! I’m also more worried about the message than the appearance of grand words. And quite often I find simple words such as “sucks” works perfectly. lol

    Irish Coffeehouse’s last blog post..FUN MONDAY

    Yup… sometimes “sucks” sums it up far better than “grand” words would. ๐Ÿ™‚ This comment made me smile.

  4. lceel

    Those are excellent words. I think my favorite word is ‘Bated’ – as in “He waited with bated breath.” I used to think, when I was a kid, that the word was ‘baited’, but came to understand, back when I wrote all of that really bad poetry lo those many years ago, that the word is actually ‘abated’, but the poetic form is ‘bated’. As in held, or restrained or diminished. Not ‘baited’ as in hook, line and sinker.

    lceel’s last blog post..Sharpening pencils

  5. Molly

    You make an excellent point about the message that you are portraying. Sometimes I struggle to come up with the right word to fit my meaning in my writing, and I have harder time when speaking. Anyways, I like your words.

    Molly’s last blog post..Fun Monday – I Swear

  6. Tiggerlane

    I love “behoove” – but I’m never brave enough to use it in a sentence! Doesn’t sound right with my slightly hick accent!

    Tiggerlane’s last blog post..Fun Monday – WORD!

    Does it sound something like this? Beahooooooove? I’m from Georgia, so I can “say” this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. jennifer

    Bereft is a lovely word. Excellent, unusual choice! Thanks for joining in our FM challenge. We’ll be back to read more.

    “Unusual” is my middle name. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will come see me again soon.

  8. Audrey

    My poor vocabulary. I love reading Readers Digest. I never seem to know the words they have in their “boost your vocabulary” section.

    I’m finally getting a chance to read all of the blogs from the bloggy carnival and loving what I’m finding.

    Audrey’s last blog post..

    I’m so glad to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve not made it around to all my Bloggy Giveaways Carnival entrants either… I still hope to, though.


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