“What’s your favorite word?”
A dull, number-crunching IRS agent’s favorite word would obviously be integer.
However, once Harold Crick had his revelation and began to, as numerous punk-rock songs urged him, “live his life,” maybe his favorite word changed to tubular or righteous. Or serendipitous, sublime, succulent.
I love the movie Stranger Than Fiction, but I digress. The original question still stands: What is your favorite word?
The words on my favorite list come and go, but here are some current ones:
Sometimes it’s not even the word itself, but more how someone says it. For instance, Audrey Hepburn somehow made every word she said sound distinguished. I think I still love souffle because of how she said it in Sabrina (1954). Better to slave over a souffle than move to Butte!