Friday, 22 April 2005

Twittering on Happifying Words

The other day, I was having tea with a few other colleagues I usually hang out with, and someone asked, 'What is your favorite word?'.

One colleague said she liked words with a 'tw' in front of them, such as 'twaddle, 'twig', and er... 'twat'. She says it rolls off the tongue nicely, and you just wanna say it over and over again. Or maybe she just happens to meet a lot twats and twits.

Another colleague said 'carousel' is a nice word, because it is such a 'happy word'. Just listening to the word being uttered gives her visions of being in a fun-fair, with happy people laughing and dancing around the carousel.

For me, I couldn't really think of a single WORD that I really really like. If there WAS one word that I can say over and over again, it's 'Rohirrim'.

It's such a majestic word, isn't it? It may not mean anything outside the context of Lord of the Rings, but somehow, it's one of those words that can invoke majesty, pride, honor, and courage all at the same time.

When Eomer screams, "Rohirrim! To the King!!!!" at the end of LOTR: The Two Towers, it's incredibly inspiring. Made me wanna jump out of my seat and charge into battle.

When King Theoden gives the order to 'Muster the Rohirrim!' in LOTR: Return of the King, it's as if he is calling forth all the courage and pride of his people, to be united under the banner and prove themselves worthy of being part of the Rohirrim.

Heck, just the mention of the word gives reminds me of the Ride of the Rohirrim scene in LOTR: ROTK, which to me is THE greatest scene in the entire trilogy, one that gives me goosebumps everytime I see it.

Other than that, I really couldn't think of any ONE WORD that I really, really like. Swear words don't count, even though I used them all the time. Made-up words are fun too. Words like 'Funner' and 'Funnest' (which I read in a David Eddings book), 'thirstifying' and 'sleepifying', and 'cheapofied' are a lot more fun to use than conventional English words, which sometimes tend to be rather boring, especially the more bombastic ones.

What catches and holds my attention more is a well-structured SENTENCE or QUOTE rather than a single WORD. I can recite certain song lyrics over and over in my mind like a mantra. The chorus to the Goo Goo Dolls' song 'Iris' comes to mind:

And I don't want the world to see me,
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand.
When everything's made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.

There is just something profound I find about this particular lyric, even though it may mean something else altogether. The song meant so much to me I even use a modified version of the title as my online nickname (even though I get mistaken for a female every now and then).

Then again, now that I think about it, I guess 'Iris' does count as one of my favorite words. It gives me a slightly mysterious feeling, something that is material, but yet somehow mysterious (I don't know what that means either). Say the word to someone, and he wouldn't know what you are talking about, unless he happens to be an eye specialist.

That's the beauty of words, sentences, song, lyrics, poems and stories - that we all take what we like and understand about it. Everyone interprets something differently, depending on what your various individual personalities are like.

I mean, my friend may think 'carousel' is a happy word, but to me, it means 'tacky Genting Highlands amusement ride that cost too damn much' rather than 'happy'.

Though I DO think 'twat' IS still one of the funnest words to say.

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Update (12:48pm): In case some of you don't know what a 'twat' is, here's the definition of the word, according to dictionary.com:

twat
n 1: a man who is a stupid incompetent fool [syn: fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, zany] 2: obscene terms for female genitals

I was thinking of the first definition when I wrote this post. No, really.

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