Yesterday's blog made me think about how much I love palimpsest as a word. It's somehow palpable and incestuous and conveys so beautifully that sense of layers of hidden meaning. That made me think about all the other words I really love (in the interests of not revealing the abysmal depths of my Commando comics German - don't you think Dumbkopf is such a wonderfully evocative word - I'm sticking to English) :
Palimpsest (see above)
Myrmidon (a word at once poetic and lethal, redolent of shaken spears and rosy-fingered dawns)
Impeccable (the sound says it all: the 'im' turning up its nose and then the precise decimal of the 'k' sound putting you in your place)
Manifesto (such a powerful, driving word. Like a great engine revving up - Spender writes "After the first powerful plain manifesto / The black statement of pistons" - but also with something deeply human about it - so much better than 'dynamo' for instance - and something vaguely magical, as though it could be the name of some Shakespearian magician)
Deciduous (a helpless word - filled with the sorrow of things shed; R.S. Thomas writes "In the forests of metal / the one human sound / was the lament of the poets / for deciduous language")
Travesty (a word that goes too far and is suddenly brought back, the sense of lines crossed, rules broken, of living outside the norms)
Execrable (you can just feel yourself scraping the bottom of the barrel here, the contempt, the physical disgust contained in that word. Lovely)
Metempsychosis (a combination of two beloved words - metamorphosis and pysche; this is a magical word, at once exact and visionary, a word that speaks of the complexity, alchemical processes)
Igneous (something black and hard and coal-like and burning; a word that erupts into your mind and then slowly cools)
Cornucopia (you can just see the horn overflowing with more things than you can cope with can't you? A word literally brimming with promise and possibilities)
Finis. (Don't you just love how the absence of the h that you just naturally add on heightens the sense of abruptness, of something not quite complete?).
No, seriously, Finis.