What are your favorite words?
Which writer uses the best words and in what work?
A day of dappled seaborne clouds.
The phrase and the day and the scene harmonised in a chord. Words. Was it their colours? He allowed them to glow and fade, hue after hue: sunrise gold, the russet and green of apple orchards, azure of waves, the greyfringed fleece of clouds. No, it was not their colours: it was the poise and balance of the period itself. Did he then love the rhythmic rise and fall of words better than their associations of legend and colour? Or was it that, being as weak of sight as he was shy of mind, he drew less pleasure from the reflection of the glowing sensible world through the prism of a language manycoloured and richly storied than from the contemplation of an inner world of individual emotions mirrored perfectly in a lucid supple periodic prose?
snow, ample, golden, illuminated, Andalusia, sunset, zephyr, lithophone
Vehement (Twain, Innocents Abroad)
Ecclesiastical (Dosto, TBK)
good ol' 'Lament'
Redolent (DFW uses occasionally in his works)
Joseph Heller uses good ones in Catch-22. They have a real pop and rhythm to them. Obviously Nabokov in Lolita, but he can be a bit airy since he's writing from the POV of Humbert. John Williams' "Stoner" is amazing.
There's a word for that. I'm sure someone more intelligent and/or has a better memory than I can enlighten you.
As for words, I like "melancholy" a whole bunch. And "had";
James, while John had had 'had', had had 'had had'; 'had had' had had a better effect on the teacher.
I already answered my favorite words earlier but I couldn't think of an author who really stuck out. It finally came to me, and don't laugh, 'The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland'. It's not literature but it reads beautifully. Valente does a remarkable job in describing Fairyland.
It feels more offensive than nigger because it's used less often. Anyway, here are some cool sounding words. Apologies for how edgy they sound.