Favorite Word – 12 February 2022

The reason that this week’s word is a favorite might seem a bit…strange. It’s because of embarrassment. Like many readers, I often don’t know how to pronounce a word I have learned through reading.

So it is with this word.


My pronunciation seemed to make sense to me. We have dis-hearten, dis-honor, dis-harmony, so it should be dis-hevel, right? Well, at least when you’re a kid.
But nooooo.
It’s di-shevel.


Do you know how long it took before my brain could remap itself?
I’ll let you know.


(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)

I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂

I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)


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