There are certain words I love the sound of and I look for places to say them. I love the way they roll off my tongue. Words like:
Pickle: How can you say that word and NOT smile? Say it fast several times in a row. What a great word.
Amok: I love this word because people mis-use it so well. It originally meant a demonic, murderous frenzy, but its been mis-used so often, it also now means simply uncontrolled. But when I hear people say, “The kids are running amok!”, I can’t help but think of possessed children running around in a murderous frenzy. Heads being chopped off and lobbed around, hatchets being swung hither and thither. My favorite is when a preschool teacher says it. I just lose it! Too funny!
Titillate: It is purely impossible to say or hear that word and not think of boobies.
Boobies: Much funnier sounding than the word ‘boobs’. Ask any 8 year old boy. He’ll confirm that fact.
Thither: (As in, Hither and Thither.) I cannot hear this word without thinking about an effeminate man with a lisp. Call me politically incorrect, but I just can’t. I mean no harm, honest.
Zipper: This word is like Pickle, in that its fun to say several times in a row. Especially to a toddler.
Carniverous: Sounds like carnival, only yummier. Either way, it puts me in my happy place.
Scoop: I’m not sure if this one stands on its own, of if its funny because it sounds a lot like ‘poop’.
Do you think I’m spending too much time around my kids? Or firefighters?