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Eight Favorite Words–Part III

These are wonderful words that roll off your tongue. They feel good to say–and hear. Who can hear ‘zeitgeist’ and not feel the fullness of time wrap around them? Or ‘tintinnabulation’–can’t you just hear the tiny bells calling out? Tell me which is your #1 favorite:

  1. Sesquipedalian–use overly long words. Like polysyllabic, but I love the way the word commits its definition
  2. shingled–can’t you just see those cucumbers slapped on a serving tray like shingles on a roof
  3. Sitzfleisch–ability to sit patiently for hours doing one thing when you could be doing a million others. Story of my life
  4. tarradiddle–pretentious nonsense. Another of those words that sounds like its def.
  5. tintinnabulation–tinkling sound. I hear the tintinnabulation of bells–let’s just call it the ‘tintin’
  6. triskaidekaphobia–who would know there’s a word for the fear of the number ’13’. I love English
  7. verbolatry–it’s what this list does–worships words
  8. Zeitgeist–the spirit of the time. Writers: this must be captured for an effective historic novel.



Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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9 thoughts on “Eight Favorite Words–Part III

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  2. Yup, that’s me, suffering sitzfleisch on the computer chair writing tarradiddle while listening to the tintinnabulation in my head, reminding me that I have a long list of stuff I need to do – and don’t want to! My personal zeitgeist.

    Fun list, Jacqui.


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