I Like Big Words and I Cannot Lie

This is why you need to pay attention in spelling class, kids.

I’ll admit it: I like words.

I’m not a writer (shhh, don’t tell the Aiming Low boss) and I don’t have any sort of degree in writing. I like spewing word vomit on occasion, however. I do keep a blog but I doubt it’s readable by writers’ standards.

But I like words.

Several people in my family have this hyperlexia thing. We all learned to read before three years of age, we all read books voraciously and we all like to do crossword puzzles. We’re obsessed with word games like Scrabble, word searches and the like.

We do them for fun. Nice and nerdy!

Even my sons have inherited the word gene. What parent has to go into their kid’s room and threaten them with loss of privileges to get them to stop reading?

This parent.

Yes, I know, great problem to have. Trouble is, it also means we have STELLAR social skills. Meaning, we don’t have social skills. For example, my sisters and I used to go to parties and dances with books in our pockets and sit in the corner and read. Or I’d go to the library and sit on the floor and go through shelves and shelves of books. The librarians would kick me out at closing time.

And we wondered why we had trouble keeping friends. Most people don’t invite you over to sit in their room and read all their books instead of playing.

Some of my favorite words (besides curse words–yes, I’m classy like that) are:

  • Facetious
  • Jejune
  • Esoteric
  • Reticent
  • Sabotage
  • Pudenda
  • Cantankerous
  • Pernicious
  • Audacious
  • Loquacious
  • Skoptsy
  • Sex (Kidding. No, really, I like it.)
  • Antidisestablishmentarianism
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

And there you have it. Some of my favorite words. Don’t they just roll off the tongue? It’s like getting to third base. For your mouth. For your viewing pleasure:

About Marj Hatzell

Marj Hatzell climbed Mount Everest, explored the Amazon and swam across the English Channel. Not really, but she's the mother of two kids with special needs so SAME THING. She prefers dogs over people, which means she has STELLAR social skills. Marj isn't a writer but she plays one on tv. Marj also goes to eleven. You can find her at her non-paying day job, the wildly unsuccessful blog The Domestic Goddess, on Twitter, and on Facebook. She also has a not-so-new and definitely-not-successful-and-ignored blog at The Crazy Dog Lady and Facebook page no one visits.


  1. Michele says:

    I too am obsessed with words. I love expanding my vocabulary. I was oddly happy that I didn’t know half of the words you listed, because it gave me an excuse to learn them! Oh, and good song. I had a bit of a moment with it, screeching along.

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  2. So good to know that I am not the only one with those stellar social skills… I was reading Heinlein in 5th grade, so as you can guess I dig books. I love the internet. People in person I’m not so good with. You know, we could form a club, where we all sit around and not be social.

    I’m a musician. Therefore, one of my fave words is “penultimate”. It has nothing to do with penises (sorry to disappoint people.) I like other big words too, but I thought I’d throw that one out there.

    And now you’ve got two songs stuck in my head, not only the Sir Mix-a-Lot song, but also White and Nerdy. Thanks, thanks a lot!!!

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  3. MemeGRL says:

    My mom’s favorite word was lagniappe.
    And she also taught me that facetiously is one of only two words in the English language to use all the vowels in order and only once each. I’m sad I forget the other.

  4. Jennifer says:

    So glad that someone else knows “pudenda”. ;)

  5. Megan says:

    I have gifted my son with the urge to read the dictionary. I’ve spend a lot of time with my huge unabridged version.

    However, you have one word here that I actually had to look up: skoptsy. Well played.

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  6. MamaKaren says:

    I think I was about nine years old when I expressed that someone had the “unmitigated audacity” to…well, I don’t remember what, but I remember my teachers being impressed at my appropriate usage of both words.

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  7. Jeanne says:

    Anybody here have The Joy of Lex? Wonderful book for wordies like us. My grandfather sent me a copy. He also used to call and wish me a “happy penultimate day” of each month. We also had strange word addictions which created great inside jokes. Like fortuitous happenstance. It was a really good thing. I grew up reading the OED my grandmother found a misspelled word in when she was younger- it’s a genetic thing for words.
    If you haven’t got the book you should look for it. I believe it’s out of print but I’d bet all the non-wordies out there are trying to sell it online.

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