Before I get to this week’s regularly scheduled blog, I’ve got some incredible news: #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is offering a free, autographed copy of one of her books to anyone who pre-orders The Opposite of Me tomorrow – Wednesday, March 3! Please check Jen’s website for details. And I’m putting together a raffle with cool prizes like a camcorder and MAC cosmetics for the same folks who pre-order on Wednesday. So, to recap: Buy a copy of my book tomorrow, get a free, signed Jen Weiner blockbuster book AND a chance to win a cool raffle prize. Details about my raffle are on my website here. Good luck! And thanks, Jen!
Here’s a little secret: I’m the world’s worst speller. I also mispronounce a lot of words (confession: I nearly misspelled “mispronounce.”) Probably not qualities most writers would brag about, but I figure if I hide all my flaws, we won’t have anything left to talk about. So dictionaries are my friend – well, they’ve been somewhat replaced by spell-check, but I’ve still got my trusty dog-eared Webster’s hanging around.
I also love dictionaries because they contain the most scrumptious, lip-smacking words around. I love words that make your lips and tongue do funny things; I respect a word that feels substantial yet whimsical. If a word is fun to say, you can bet I’ll try to work it into a sentence. If my husband or I wakes up feeling grumpy, the first thing we’ll ask, with an air of mock-concern, is, “Are you feeling persnickety?”
Here are some other awesome words:
ratatouille (I would order it in a restaruant just to say this word)
What wacky words do you love to say?