Words I Like

There are words that I like not just for their meanings but for the way they feel when I say them.  I couldn’t write a post long enough to include all the words I like, so I’ve randomly picked these few,  In no particular order:

  • Autumnal

  • Lush

  • Awry

  • Banal

  • Salsa

  • Penultimate

  • Passion

It is hard to separate the meanings from the words.  Lush is just so la-la-la- lush.  Luxurious sounds like what it means.  On the other hand,  banal (pronounced ba-nall) is a word whose pronunciation I enjoy but whose meaning I strive not to have in my life.  Awry – sometimes things go awry…they fall apart.  The sassiness of salsa is inevitably linked to the sound of the word for me.  when I say it, I see and feel red.  And passion well, I hear the pronunciation of that word by Milton Nascimento as he sings it in a duet with Sarah Vaughn.

There are names I like as well:

  • Giancarlo

  • Javier

  • Sophia

  • Mpelelesi (took me forever to learn how to say it)

  • Siobhan

And Tessil…your name feels just right in my mouth…it was one of the reasons I married you.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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