Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What's your favorite English word?

I think that when most people learn a language, certain words have special significance.  You might like a word because of the way it sounds, its meaning, a memory related to the word, or some other reason.

The Spanish word "rompope" has special meaning to me.  Several years ago, I spent a few months living in Costa Rica.  While I was there I helped to build a house for Habit for Humanity.  The construction foreman was a wonderful man from Nicaragua named Eduardo.  He was one of the craziest, happiest people I have ever known and was a lot of fun to work with.  He love rompope (egg nog).  

In the United States, I only drink egg nog at Christmas parties when it is cold and dark and everyone is in the holiday spirit.  It was really strange for me to drink egg nog in the tropics in the middle of the day while mixing concrete.  When Eduardo saw me in the morning he would yell, "Charlie . . . tienes r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-rompope hoy?"  I will always remember this word and I will always have wonderful memories of Eduardo.

Please leave a comment explaining what your favorite English word is and why you like it so much.