Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Celebrating Words

Jan Morrison gave me the I’m A Literacy Builder Blog Award. Thank you ever so much.
The rules for the award are:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Display the award logo on your blog site.
3. Tell us five of your favorite words and why you like them, (add as many as you like).
4. Pass the award on to three bloggers you feel are excellent literacy builders, and link to their sites.
5. Contact the bloggers you’ve chosen and let them know about the award.

Jan called herself a “word freak.” Don’t know that I’m a word freak, but I do like words, especially ones that tickle the tongue and mouth. So, here are my five choices:

(The formation or use of words that imitate the sound associated with something, e.g. "hiss" and "buzz")

(River in Canada flowing into Lake Winnipeg)

(Excite somebody)

(Over there, as in: Get yourself over yonder and play with your little sister.)

(To say something rapidly and incoherently without pausing)

Three bloggers whom I think have at least five words they secretly love are:

Lou Blecher of the Writer’s Creative Studio
Sarah Lynne at Sarah’s Blog of Fun
Dave at Above the Clouds

You can pass this along – or not. It’s up to you. It’s just a way to have a bit of fun and perhaps titillate someone over yonder.


  1. Congratulations on the award Helen. I love your words.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  2. Hippopotamus is my favorite word in English, I think >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  3. Congratulations!
    Yonder is a word I hear often.

  4. Congratulations on your award! I love your choice of words, especially titillate.

  5. Congratulations on the award and thanks so much for mentioning my blog. I really appreciate it. Have a great day.


  6. Cold As Heaven, hippopotamus is a great word. Not only is it fun to say, it makes me wonder how it came about.

    Hi Lou! You got to me before I had time to go over to your blog!

  7. Those are some great words. I really like Onomatopoeia (had to cut and paste that - forget spelling!)

  8. Hippo = horse in Latin (horse racing track is hippodrome in French). Not sure where the potamus comes from >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  9. Congratulations! This award suits you.
    Onomatopoeia, when I was little, 7 or 8, I thought it was a fancy cuss word.

  10. Oh yes, how fun! Congrats, Helen. :)

  11. Mary, it would make a good curse word.

    It was rather fun considering which words to include.

  12. I cut and pasted Onomatopoeia as well. :) Congrats on the award!

  13. Excellent words, Helen! I said on Jan's blog that I've always loved onomatopoeia -it is a great word. And Saskatchewan - one of Canada's great prairie provinces was always the easiest one for me to identify on a map in elementary school since it's just a long rectangle. I've always loved 'akimbo' and 'clutter'.

  14. Akimbo is a great one, Elspeth. I didn't even think of it. And clutter totally describes my office.

  15. "Literacy Builder." What a compliment! And I love the words you chose, especially Onomatopoeia. I didn't know what that was until a few months ago (had to look it up).

  16. Congratualtions Helen! Well deserved! (I thought about you, too, but saw you'd gotten it already)--and onomatapoeia is one of mine, too.

  17. Congrats! And I knew four of the five words. That's really good for me!

  18. Congrats on the award, Helen! You so deserve them. Everyone learns so much from you!

    Enjoy your week!

  19. I would never have guessed that onomatopoeia was so popular!

  20. What fun, and congrats on the award. Well-deserved.

  21. I love your words! I especially love (to) babble! :)

  22. I'm not much of a babbler, Jemi, so maybe that's why I like the word and those that do babble.

  23. My new favorite word is (e)lucubrate. You can tack the e- onto the front for added emphasis.


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