FAVORITE WORDS

 

 

 

A quick and easy way to be
happy, healthy, successful,
creative, smart, and inspired
all at once.

 

 

 

By Shavkat Karimov

Description

 

These days, we seem to have no time and need one quick solution for just about everything. Favorite Words is that kind of solution; it works like a charm and does the job fast. All you need to do is start a list of your favorite words at FavoriteWords.com and then use it for many different purposes, like self-development, creativity boost, mood improvement, meditation, social interaction, career choice, and more. This book contains the entire list of uses and benefits, stories, exercises, scientific proofs, word lists, and other useful things that will help you become a better you with the help of your favorite words.

Dedication

 

I want to dedicate this book to my dearly loved wife, who inspires me to do great things; the greatest Mom and Dad I could ever dream of, who always support me no matter what; my awesome brother, who keeps believing in me; my friends and relatives, who make my life joyful and fun; our active members at FavoriteWords.com, who were early adopters and keep helping the project grow; and also you, because you have decided to devote a part of your life to this book and to favorite words.

Thank you, everyone!

Introduction

The Book and the Method
 

First of all, thank you for deciding to read this book. With this book, I hope to show you a simple way to solve many complex things in life with a method called Favorite Words. It has effectively served me for many years, and now it will serve you. It will help you make things better and improve your life.

Because we live in a very fast-paced world now, we need quick solutions for just about everything: personal life, work, health, networking, and inspiration. Favorite Words is that kind of solution; it works like a charm and it does the job fast. And it’s really simple. There are just 3 steps:

  1. Create a list of your favorite words;
  2. Use the list to benefit your life;
  3. Ehh… Okay, 2 steps.

Once you start a list of your favorite words, you’ll be able to use it for many benefits in the creative, social, spiritual and career aspects of your life. The book contains the entire list of uses and benefits, a lot of examples, stories, scientific proofs, and other materials to assist you in becoming a better you, all with the help of your favorite words.

This is an original method. Surprisingly, while people keep asking others about their favorite words, nobody has actually done anything about it. Google.com shows that this exact question, “What are your favorite words and why?” has been asked hundreds of thousands of times, and that’s just in English language. The results show that people love sharing their favorite words and explaining why they like them, but nobody has offered any useful next steps. After analyzing relevant research (thousands of articles, websites, books, videos, patents, news, applications, games, movies), I can state with confidence that my method is unique. Its uniqueness is not the only advantage of Favorite Words, nor is it the best advantage: what makes it really worth your time is that it works and it’s easy to use.

The Favorite Words method is a quick and easy way to be happy, healthy, successful, creative, smart, and inspired all at once. You will reach your goals with the power of your favorite words.

This book is your day-to-day manual for improving yourself and finding your life’s path. It is accompanied by free membership at FavoriteWords.com, the place to keep the words you love the most and to find people who share the same words. You can sign up there right away and we will talk about this free application separately.

Okay, enough preamble, let’s get to the point. What is this method all about?

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Favorite Words

We deal with millions of words in many different languages throughout our lives from our childhoods through our final days. Some of these words stand out by giving us positive thoughts and emotions. They may represent a favorite object or activity, mean something special to us, or simply sound awesome. They are our favorite words. The words you like more than others. They are the words that we need to collect and focus on.

Your favorite words let you concentrate on yourself, on what you like and find interesting, on what’s important. The more words you favor, the more possibilities will open to you. Thinking about each of your favorite words will allow you to better understand yourself and more clearly envision your future. Favorite words will keep positively influencing you for your entire life. When you are in bad mood, you’ll just need to go through your list of favorite words, think about some or all of them, and your mood will lift. This is proven; just try it. There are more benefits your favorite words can offer you. We will talk about them in this book.

I invite you to the world of your favorite words. Each new word chosen to be your favorite will enhance your world and will make it more powerful. It’s going to be your ideal world, a beautiful place where you can find needed escape. Your favorite words will help you solve your problems and improve your life. They are the keys to your happiness, to your stronger insight, and, most importantly, to your life’s mission. The world of your words is waiting for you: you are the one to create it.

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What are your favorite words?

You don’t need to answer this question right away. We will have a chance to do this later. But you can start thinking about it already.

Any word can become your favorite for any reason. You might like its meaning, have certain associations with a word, or you might just like how it sounds. It can be your favorite person’s name or a place you love to visit; an object, an activity, a phenomenon. It might bring great memories from your past.

They say that the most favorite word for anyone is their name. Well, it is likely to be true, but in the meantime, a lot of people choose the word “love” when they are asked about their most favorite word. But whatever rings a bell inside you works. It can also be your favorite food or band, color or game, planet or book, digit or brand. It can be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. It can be anything, really. Just stir your imagination and you will find it. The words are waiting to be chosen by you!

Keep adding words to your list and focus on them regularly. You should make it your habit—a pleasant and useful habit. Your list of favorite words will become richer with the years, but it will also change over time because you change, too: your interests, views, and even your outlook on life all transform after a while. But you will always be inspired to alter things for the better through your favorite words.

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Benefits

Something as simple as words can change everything. First, we hear words and try to understand, then we start saying words, then we read them, write them, and use them to talk and think. And we do that all the time and until our very last days. Even before leaving this world, we tend to say some more words—our last words. Words are important. There is a great deal of books about words and their power, a lot of TV programs, and articles and videos on the web. People will understand the power of words even more in the future. Words can change it all and you can change your life with your favorite words.

The method of Favorite Words offers a number of benefits. Besides improving your mood and better understanding yourself, you can discover ideas for your next creations through your favorite words; learn new words or foreign languages; make a right career choice; or just play with your words for fun. They can also be used as your wishlist or affirmations and meditation helpers; you can use the power of social networking to find people with similar interests and values through favorite words; you can co-create the virtual worlds of words; you can get support for your writing or public speaking; you can find self-motivation; you can see only relevant ads thanks to your favorite words; you can use them to talk to your therapist or as secret codes between you and your closest friends or loved ones. We will discuss each of these benefits in separate chapters devoted to them.

People are different. So called “universal recipes” rarely work for everyone. One of the greatest things about Favorite Words is that it offers a unique approach for every person. Each of us has our own individual list of favorite words; your particular words will work specifically for you.

What you love in life is a set of signs to hint why you live and to figure out your individual meaning of life. Favorite words are the best indicators of your preferences, likes, and tastes. Through your favorite words, you can build a reflection of yourself to which you can refer when solving problems at various times.

Favorite words can heal and work miracles; your health and spirit depend on them. The words you choose to think with or express your thoughts by – and especially your favorite words – can give your life a true meaning.

 

Discover the magical world of favorite words.
Make their wonderful power work for you.

Change your life.
Make it better.
Enjoy it more.
And be happy.

You deserve it.

Now, let’s start.

 
 

 

My Story

How I Created Favorite Words

One day, a long time ago on a summer afternoon, I wasn’t feeling well and decided to stay home for the entire day. It was raining outside. Looking through the window, I saw people running in all directions in the rain with and without umbrellas, and they were slopping about in puddles, trying to get under roofs or inside a building as fast as they could. And then I saw a girl.

She looked so fragile and insecure there, and she ran so elegantly and girlishly. I couldn’t describe her as she quickly disappeared around the corner. There was something about her, though—something magical. I didn’t know anything. What was her name? Where did she live? What did she like? The only thing I knew was that she was a girl, a girl I felt something special about.

My blue mood didn’t inspire me to jump from my sofa, run after her, and find her. Being a teenager and thinking about girls 90% of the time, I’d normally do it, but the depression won at that moment. And the girl might have already been well on her way home or on a bus by then. That girl. A girl…

I took a pen and a paper and wrote this word: Girl. I looked at it and started thinking about this word, about its meaning, its associations. I said it a few times out loud with different intonations. I started feeling a bit better just from doing that. I noticed that this one word had changed my mood. The word “Girl” became my favorite word. And then it struck me. What if I make a whole list of favorite words like that. How cool would that be?

I started thinking about other words that I really liked for various reasons and wrote them down. In a few minutes, I had a dozen words, then there were dozens of words, and I stopped. I felt inspired and the bad mood was gone like it had never even happened. I looked back at the top of the list: Girl. Oh, the Girl! I need to find her! She might be around somewhere waiting for me to save her! So I took an umbrella and the door slammed behind me. When I came onto the street, the rain had already stopped and the sun had come on scene. “I love the sunshine,” I thought. “I should add it to my favorite words, oh, and the word lucky, too,” because I was lucky to see her walking towards me.

I didn’t know what to say to grab her attention, so I asked: “What are your favorite words?” She paused, then smiled, and then asked me: “What are yours?” I quickly started itemizing each of my words, one by one, and that really amused her. Then I told her my umbrella was for her. We laughed, became acquainted, and I walked her home. It was an awesome day. Later that day, the words umbrella, sunshine, awesome, and lucky joined others in my list of favorite words.

Today I have a lot of favorite words. Throughout the years I kept them in computer files, notebooks and loose papers. Sadly, many were lost. So I began to imagine somewhere I could keep them safely stored. I thought about a website wherein my words were always safe and easily accessible. I could add to them any time. I thought this site could help my friends and family keep their favorite words, too.

Over time, I found a number of other great benefits of having favorite words. I learned about myself through my favorite words. I brainstormed and meditated with them, improved my vocabulary and felt inspired. Once I came up with the idea that favorite words can also connect like-minded people, I decided to create the online application that helps serve people around the world through their favorite words. This is how the Favorite Words Project was born. You can learn more about it at FavoriteWords.com and I have devoted a separate chapter to it in this book.

I come from my own experience. I tried using my list of favorite words in every aspect discussed in this book. I also asked people around me to play with their favorite words and let me know how it worked for them, and some of the results are just outstanding. It works for me, it works for my friends, and it will work for you.

 

 

Words and Favorite Words

The Difference

 

Did you know that the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts per day and 90% of those are repetitive? (Research by Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University.) The same thoughts are bouncing around inside our minds all the time.

Did you know that the average woman says around 20,000 words per day and the average man says about 7,000 words per day? (Research by Louann Brizendine, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco.) At the same time, the average person (man or woman) only uses around 1,500-2,000 unique words, so the majority of spoken words are repeated.

We’re talking thousands of repeated words here: the same words are used thousands of times daily, both “internally” in our minds, and “externally” spoken or written. We don’t even notice. At the same time, there are hundreds of thousands of words in any popular language. Some research reports over 2,000,000 words in the English language alone, most of which aren’t used in any way. Some of the less popular words are used for writing and subsequently reading, but we think and talk way more than we read and write.

So, the vast majority of words is simply ignored. That’s not anything terrible, it’s just a fact. And we can use this fact in our favor. You see, each word is important—it means something. Words are bodies of thoughts. There is a boundless ocean of words out there that can belong to you, the endless energy waiting to be explored and utilized. How? Simply give those words the special attention they deserve. Make them your favorites and they will let you use their power. The power of favorite words!

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Words are powerful tools we possess: they ignite revolution or defuse tension. The Hebrew word devarim, which means words, also means things. In Jewish culture, the word is material and contains a great power. The Bible says exactly that: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God. God materialized words into things: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3.)

Words aren’t directly material objects or things though. They are more identifiers. The study of the words’ meanings is called semantics. Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American philosopher and scientist, who developed the theory of general semantics, once wrote that words are more like geographical maps that show certain territories. For example, a lake is shown as a blue spot on the map, not as a drop of water. And a real lake isn’t that blue after all. But the human who is reading the map still recognizes a lake through that blue spot. The same thing happens with mountains or streets. A map is not a territory, but it represents territory through formal scaled images. Our brain contains a vast amount of such maps that reflect reality. Each map is unique depending on the human’s personal experience and views. Each map is a certain word.

There is a whole world behind every word. This ancient story shows how important it is to actually know words and understand them:

    In ancient times, somewhere on Earth, a teacher gave his students a book called A Book of Words and asked them to study the meaning of the words while he left for two hours. When he returned, the boys were exclaiming to him how many words they had learned, and only one boy was sitting silent and concentrated on the book in his hands. The teacher approached him and asked how many words the boy learned. The boy answered that he had learned the first word. The teacher was angered by this answer and started shouting at the boy:

    “Only one word? How could you learn just one word in two hours?”

    “Well, maybe two words,” answered the boy.

That made the teacher even angrier and he started punishing the boy, slamming him with sticks. The boy remained as calm as he could and that put the teacher in doubt. He saw the open book with the first word there: Patience. He stopped punishing the boy and asked him to forgive him. The boy answered:

    “You did the right thing, I didn’t fully learn the first word because I was still offended with your punishment while I had to stay patient.”

    And then the teacher remembered the second word in the Book of Words: Truth.

There are words and then there are favorite words. Care about these words, appreciate them, don’t waste them, think about them, and share the best of your words with others as your most precious diamonds and emeralds.

It is probably true that people have had their favorite words since the languages were born. People were writing the words they loved on rocks, on jugs, and in papyruses. Emperors and beggars and everyone in between had favorite words. Today, when you ask people what their favorite word is, they’ll answer without much confusion. Even Princeton University asks for your favorite word in their Princeton Supplement.

Any words can become your favorite. You can transform the words from regular to favorite and back. It’s all within your control; choosing the words is an easy and a joyful process.

Favorite words are the ones that you find inspirational, motivational, healing, and powerful. They wake you up, they make you happy, they color your world, and they positively affect your thoughts and feelings. Favorite words are capable of showing you the way out when you are stuck, the way up when you are down, they way forward reaching your life goals. They are keys to unlock your inner code, your own unique power, a force within you.

If life can be compared to a card game where words are cards, then favorite words are your trump cards. And you can have a lot of these, if you know where to look.

So, where do you get the favorite words from exactly? Let’s discuss it next.

 

 

 

Sources

Where to Find Your Favorite Words

 

Favorite words: some of them just sound great to your ear, others stand out because of what they mean or what associations they bring you. Then there are words you like for no apparent reason. So, where exactly do you get new favorite words for your list?

There are a lot of ways to find your favorite words and add them to your list. Let’s get the process started. Let’s collect your favorite words.

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Answer the questions below with one word or a number of separate words. Word combinations are fine too. The questions are really simple and straightforward, and they will help you collect a lot of favorite words, possibly hundreds of them. Write the words in the spaces given below each item. You can add the words at our free website at FavoriteWords.com, too. This application was created for you to manage your favorite words and find like-minded people.

So, here goes:

o   What is your name? What other names do you really like for any reason? What are your kids’ names? Favorite boy’s name, girl’s name?

o   What do your family and friends call you? How did your mom call you in your childhood? How does your girlfriend or boyfriend, wife or husband call you? What words do you like to hear about you from others?

o   What do you love to do in your spare time? What is your favorite hobby or your most preferred activity?

o   What games do you love to play?

o   What things, objects do you like most? Are you addicted to anything?

o   Who are your favorite people?

o   What animals do you adore?

o   What do you like to eat?

o   What sports do you love?

o   What are the best countries, cities, and places in the world?

o   How would you describe the country or city you live in or lived before or even just visited, with only one word?

o   Your favorite products or brands?

o   What foreign words do you like most?

o   The best feeling or emotion on earth is?

o   What are your favorite nouns? Verbs? Adjectives?

o   What professions do you admire? What do you like about your work?

o   In one word, what is your rest formula? Imagine taking a break. How do you spend your free time? Think of words that describe that experience.

o   Do you remember your life’s best moments? Any words that could be the keys to reminding yourself about those experiences?

o   Your favorite books’ titles? Magazines? Newspapers?

o   Your favorite songs? Movies?

o   Your favorite websites? Blogs?

o   How would you name your restaurant? Your boat? Your company? Your brand? Your band? Your sports team? Your book? Your pet? Your jet? Your own planet? Try to name each of these.

o   Which words do you find most magical, romantic, or mysterious?

o   Which words fascinate you? Encourage or enlighten you? Inspire you to become more confident and creative? Which ones bring new thoughts and imagination or at least amuse and entertain you?

o   What two- and three-letter words do you like most? What long words excite you the most?

o   What are your favorite shapes, elements, colors, and numbers?

o   Favorite time in history, favorite famous people (past or present)?

o   What would you like to get on your birthday or for Christmas? Any of these ideas are your favorite words – add them!

o   What are your joys? What are your dreams?

o   What are the most amazing things in life?

o   How would you describe your ideal world with a list of words?

o   What do you value in life? List a few of life values that are really important to you with one- or two-word responses.

o   What is life? Answer with just one word. Now describe life in two words or in three words. These answers can be your favorite words too.

o   Who are you? In one word! Give yourself a few one-word definitions. Now try describing yourself with two or three words.

o   If you had only one last word to say – what word would that be and why? What about a few last words?

o   What would you choose to have written on your gravestone when you die? Try it with one word or a list of a few separate words.

  • Look around you right now – from what you see, what are your favorite words?
  • Read something on paper or on the internet, and pick your favorite words from there.
  • Do you like to write? Study your works and figure out which words you use the most.
  • Do you text or chat a lot? See which words you use more often than others and add them as your favorite words.
  • Which words do you like to use a lot in your daily speech? What are the words that capture meaning and nuance like no others that you might even craft a sentence around just to use them?
  • Recall memorable conversations with people – what words come to mind? Those words could be added to your list as well if you liked how they sounded or what they meant to you.
  • Steal from others! At FavoriteWords.com you can see anyone’s favorite words unless they made their profile private or for friends only. Whenever you stumble upon words you really like, just add them to your list.
  • Think euphony. The sound of which words do you like most, what words sound wonderful to your ear? What words do you love saying out loud a lot?
  • Go alphabetically: which words do you love for any reason starting from A? Then B, and so on until you reach Z, then you can start over.
  • Can anything else make it to be in your favorite words list?

Your answers to any or all of these questions and suggestions are your favorite words!

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Here is how you can know if your answers were right. Well, any answer is the correct answer. Just be honest with yourself. By the way, there is one simple hack to recognize a favorite word. When you meet this word (when you hear it, see it, read it, write it, say it, think it, imagine it, or use it otherwise), it makes you feel good or wakes something good inside you. The most frequent reason for that is your past. At some point in your life, this particular word had a positive impression on you. This impression was so strong and so great that now you recognize it as special from others. As Dr. Cora Besser-Siegmund explains in her book: Magic Words: Der minutenschnelle Abbau von Blockaden, the word “impression” is the best to describe how it works with your neural impulses: words indeed leave marks (impressions) on cells and neural tracts also known as memory imprints.

You don’t even need to have a reason—your heart knows. And there is no limit to favorite words. You can have as many as you like and collect them all your life. No serious duty goes into collecting words you like; you can do it anytime and anyplace. You can stop for weeks or months and then do it frantically for a day or a week. There are plenty of words; you won’t run out.

Words come and go quickly. It’s easy to forget that new word you heard this morning. The shortest pencil beats the longest memory, so write down words you like. Or better yet, just enter them into your free FavoriteWords.com account.

Please also see the appendices for more ideas on what words could be your favorites. I list my own favorite words with explanations there that you are free to use if they work for you. I also give a list of most popular words, positive words, and the words from various research. You can also meet favorite words of celebrities throughout the book. Get back to this section and to the appendices when you need more words for your list.

Here is one last suggestion on picking favorite words: imagine God came down to earth and established a new law: every human can only use 100 words and not a single word more! Which words out of millions would you choose to be part of your highly limited vocabulary? You would have to pick your words very carefully; it’s a life-size decision, right? That’s how you should choose your words today in your real life. The words you use in your daily speech – when you write, think, or dream – are of top importance. Your favorite words are forming your life, so make sure you choose them wisely.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of favorite words.

 

 

Benefits

How to Benefit from Favorite Words

 

We have reached the main part: the benefits. What is the value of having favorite words and what can you do with them? Now, this is where it gets interesting. Certainly it helps to build your vocabulary and it surely is a fun exercise, especially if you have a fondness for words. But the purpose of Favorite Words is a bit more complicated and, yet, even somewhat simpler. You see, words have power, and when you collect your favorite words, they can evoke associated feelings and memories. They can improve your creativity and inspire life and career changes. Favorite Words can help you to understand yourself, find ideas, meet friends, and take action.

Contemplating your favorite words will help you know your likes and dislikes. What draws you in? What calls you? What resonates with you on the deepest level? You are an individual, and your favorite words may differ from other people’s faves. And this self-knowledge may help you make decisions, small and large. With them, your life, step by step, will take exciting new direction.

You can use your favorite words in a number of ways:

o        Self-Development:

Know yourself, set your life path, and find your mission.

o        Word Therapy:

Improve your mood, help your doctor help you, and be happy.

o        Vocabulary Enrichment:

Learn new words or new languages, become a better writer, speaker, and influence others.

o        Words of Power:

Motivate yourself and meditate with your words.

o        Boredom Solution:

Entertain yourself, create wish lists, do what you love, choose the right career. Find, enrich, and strengthen your relationships and have fun.

 

Now, let’s take a close look to each of the benefits offered by favorite words.

 
 

 

Self-Development

 Know Yourself; Find Your Mission

 

How important is it to know yourself? I bet it’s very important. If you think about it, it’s more important than almost any other knowledge. It can help you answer the main question of life: why you live.

Favorite words can help. The key here is to know what your likes and interests are and what you are good at doing. God made us different and with different talents and abilities for a reason, and that reason isn’t just diversification. I think the main reason is finding yourself; who you really are. You can know that by looking at your words from those perspectives. When you think about your favorite words and why you’ve chosen those, you tend to better understand who you are and what you should do with your life.

Try this exercise:

Look at your words. Which ones describe you accurately? Which ones relate to your interests? Which words make you want to do something? These words are the signs of your life’s mission. You can find a path to yourself and discover your own vision through your favorite words. Think about it from time to time and study yourself to become a better you.

With this exercise and method overall, you should be able to define yourself. Defining or formulating is important in general. Here is a great story that illustrates the power of words when it comes to formulation:

Once, a businessman wanted to sell his vacation house to use the money for expanding his business, but nobody wanted to buy the property for quite some time, so he asked his friend, a writer, to rewrite the ad so it would sell the house. The writer visited the place and wrote about it:

    A beautiful cozy house is for sale. It’s a small countryside place full of great energy located among crystal-clear water springs. At dawn, you can enjoy a sweet warble of a nightingale singing from old shaggy trees, which give a calm breezy shadow at the noon heat. A petite prim garden fills the air with delicate aroma from its gorgeous flowers and mellow fruits and berries. Built with unique design by a famous architect, this well-appointed house has surprisingly ample rooms. This is one of those rare places that you don’t want to leave. It is capable of giving endless joy and happiness to its owners. Come see it—you may fall in love.

A few months later, the writer met with the businessman and asked if the vacation house eventually sold. The businessman responded that, after reading that description of his house, he realized what a great house he owned and never wanted to sell again.

Sometimes, we don’t realize what we own, what we have in life. We take a lot of things for granted. We take our life for granted even though it’s the most amazing gift we were ever given. Let’s appreciate all what we possess, from colossal things like life, love, parents, children, spouse, friends, home, country, earth, health, joy, and God, to other great things like pets, time, smiles, talent, food, work, and nature. You name it. What do you appreciate the most in your life? Selecting favorite words that describe you and your values helps you better formulate who you are in many different perspectives.
Stephen R. Covey in his foreword for the book Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall (January 5th 2010 by William Morrow) writes that “words have an inherent power, a force capable of lighting one’s paths and horizons. Used correctly and positively, words are the first building blocks for success and inner peace. Used incorrectly and negatively, they are capable of undermining even the best of intentions. This is true in business, in personal relationships, and every other walk of life.”

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Now, let me tell you something interesting about your brain. It has this cool feature: it always aims at building connections between different pieces of data it receives. There is no information that is separately stored in your mind. It’s all connected. Have you experienced some weird coincidences in your life when you think of something and then see it? Or when you wear something and find people wearing identical or very similar clothes to yours? When you thought of someone, and then this person calls or emails you in the next five minutes? Or when you read about something and start facing that same thing all next week?

We all experienced those strange unexplained coincidences. But if you think about it, it’s not that strange. It’s about our brains building connections. We get notified when that connection is built. That’s how we name things when we meet them. When you took this thing you are holding right now, you knew it was a tablet or phone (or laptop or computer mouse) your brain told you what connection it found for that “thing.” So, we focus on what’s connected.

In every example mentioned above, there could be a lot of events you didn’t pay attention to until this recent connection was built and shown. You get a lot of calls or emails daily, but if you haven’t thought about those people right before they contacted you, you wouldn’t be surprised, but if you did, you’d immediately notice. Your brain had notified you about building the connection. Same for the clothes: you start paying attention to that particular model and those colors and when you finally meet the similarity, you are surprised. If you hadn’t been wearing those clothes, you wouldn’t notice others wearing them. You get the point.

Use this knowledge for your advantage. Try to concentrate on what’s important to you through your favorite words, pay attention to them and you’ll start noticing nice things that you haven’t before. Great things will start happening in your life. They were likely happening before, but you haven’t noticed. Now, you should, and favorite words will help you with that. Try it.

Richard Bandler, co-developer of NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming), suggests that our brain is like an automatic bus. You can sit somewhere in the back and be surprised where it brings you or you can get onto the driver’s seat and decide where to go next and how to get there. You can manage your brain. You do it with your language, your words.

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Visualization and Mental Training

The best athletes around the world are trained both physically and mentally, and the mental training is just as important. Experiments show that active and focused imagination of certain moves gives almost as strong a result as physical repetition of those moves.

I decided to do a similar experiment on myself. I try to play table tennis regularly. Because I play at the same places, I know the skills of most people I play with, and they know my skills. Things rarely change; there are people who consistently beat me and there are those who just as consistently lose. Once, I took a pretty long break, not playing for about a month, because I had to concentrate more on my online projects. I thought it would be a good chance for the mental training experiment. So, I started to visualize two things: one forehand blocking move and one serve. I was visualizing them over and over again, every day.

Normally, after a month-long break, I would have played worse for the first few days at least, but because of my mental exercises I started playing better; in fact, I beat a few people I hadn’t before. I repeatedly won, so it wasn’t an accident. I won thanks to that serve and that forehand block move, which I visualized. A number of people noticed both changes and told me about it. This is how I personally realized the power of mental training.

I also read about a similar experiment with basketball players who were divided into three groups more or less equal by their overall skills. The first group practiced free throws daily, the second group only imagined practicing free throws, and the third group did nothing. After one month, the first group improved, the second (mentally trained) group also improved by a small percentage less than the first one, and the third group had worse results than before. It had proven the strength of mental training: visualization is indeed powerful. So, when you have no chance to train physically, simply train mentally, or do both.

Another interesting experiment shows how easy it is to change human behavior through mental influence. People were asked to look at the following 10 groups of words and make four-word grammatical sentences out of them:

1. him was worried she always
2. from are Florida oranges temperature
3. ball the throw toss silently
4. shoes give replace old themselves
5. he observes occasionally people watches
6. be will sweat lonely they
7. sky the seamless gray is
8. should now withdraw forgetful we
9. us bingo sing play let
10. sunlight makes temperature wrinkle raisin

However, rather than being designed to test the subjects’ intelligence, this test was actually devised to change their behavior. Amazingly, having carried out this test, subjects proceeded to walk out of the office and back down the hall far more slowly than they had entered.

Why? Because hidden among the other words were the words “worried,” “Florida,” “old,” “lonely,” “gray,” “bingo,” and “wrinkle,” all of which made the subjects not only think of being old, but actually act older. There experiments by social psychologist John Bargh, PhD, showed how sentence building from different words causes behavioral changes.

Now let me ask you a simple question: how old are you? Before you answer, think about it. You can visualize your age. You can actually be of any age you want. Someone put it very well when talking about age: “It is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” So, it’s not really about how old you are but how old you feel you are, or how young. You decide.

It’s called Stereotype Priming: an implicit memory effect in which exposure to a stimulus influences a response to a later stimulus. For example, if a person reads a list of words including the word table and is later asked to complete a word starting with tab, the probability that he or she will answer table is greater than if they are not primed.

So, how can you benefit from Bargh’s experiment and stereotype priming? You can prime your own mind. When you surround yourself with positive words, the words of power, your favorite words, your behavior will change, you will improve. You can write those words on post-it notes around your home or desk, illustrate them as artworks or add to your screensavers or desktop, tablet, and phone backgrounds. Try it and enjoy it.

I would also highly recommend that you pay better attention to what books and articles you read, what movies and television programs you watch, and what people you talk to or correspond with. All that can affect your mood and behavior as well, so when you choose what and who you interact with on a daily basis, you increase your chances of a better and a happier life.

Other people can influence you even without direct interaction. Have you felt someone staring at you without seeing them? A lot of people can feel that. Scientists discovered that people sitting in one room reacted to what people sitting in another room were thinking of them. The room was 25 meters away, which is around 82 feet. Medical equipment had recorded the changes in the skin’s electric reaction depending on other people’s various thoughts. The series of such experiments had proven the influence of people’s energy on other people from distance. So, when you surround yourself with the right people – successful people, people who care about you, or simply nice people – you will benefit a lot.

What you are saying to yourself in your head is important, too. Be less negative, encourage yourself, use the right words, and you may be surprised by how quickly positive changes in yourself will occur.

Even one word can make a difference. Let’s compare these words for instance: problem and challenge. When you call it a problem it would be harder to solve as you put some negative stamp on it and simply don’t want to solve it that much, but if you call it a challenge, you might want to accept it and you can imagine the outcome once you solve it. Definition is everything.

Words influence people and this influence can be both positive and negative. When it comes to you, there is a choice, really. You can focus on positive words (your favorite words), or on negative words, or both. I’d suggest you to forget about the last two options; nothing good will come out from those focuses. Even though it is an obvious choice (we want to be happy, we want to enjoy fun), there are still a lot of people who prefer to stay negative and focus on that. Google this: “what are your least favorite words?” and you’ll see thousands of results there. And people answer that question all the time. We do have likes and dislikes but it’s our choice what we give our attention.

There is a nice Cherokee legend that explains it well:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf do you feed?

Change the way you think and you’ll change your life. Easier said than done, right? Well, it’s all about your words. There is a powerful connection between the words we use and the results we get. What you say programs what will happen to you. Your words create your reality: the life you want or don’t want to live.

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A language consists of words. With love of certain words starts the love of language. The love of language is tied to the love of culture. The love of culture means the love of your family, your homeland, and your planet. It’s all very much connected and it all starts with the love of certain favorite words. This is why your favorite words tell about you no less than some personality test.
Any experience a human connects to a certain word is recorded in the brain and has its own perception. The same word can provoke negative, positive, or neutral memories and feelings from various people. But these feelings can be changed with new experience. For example, if a guy loved a girl named Ashley, the word Ashley would bring only positive emotions and feelings for this guy. But if she cheated, then broke up with him to marry his enemy, her name wouldn’t be as pleasant anymore. The new experience changed the association with the same word. But then the guy met another girl also named Ashley and fell in love. The word Ashley will be back to his list of favorite words. You can take words that you have neutral or even negative associations with and manually transform them into positive words by associating them with something you love, thus getting rid of negative thoughts and memories.

Your reality is what you believe in. There is no objective reality. It’s all subjective. But the cumulative agreement of the subjective visions makes up the reality for us all. In the world of one-eyed people, a person with two eyes would look weird, and most people would consider this person to be disabled or even ugly. You might argue this statement by saying that two eyes are better, a person sees more and better. It’s not really important, because in the world of two-eyed people, the one with three eyes would still be an outsider, even though, by the same logic, this person would possibly have a better situation. The majority dictates the reality: what’s normal is good.

So, your “vote” for what’s true and right, your subjective reality, matters. And it especially matters for you. Once you understand that you can improve your life simply by thinking of it better, your life will change, and you won’t wish to go back to where you were before.

One lady wasn’t really attractive, to put it gently, and everyone around understood it. Everyone, except her. She always kept saying to people that she was really beautiful and that she always saw people giving looks at her everywhere. Others were sorry about her misunderstanding, but of course nobody wanted to tell her what they really thought. Meanwhile, she managed to marry a young successful man a lot of girls dreamt about having, and she even kept him jealous all the time because of other men paying attention to her. People started believing in her reality; she was beautiful to them, too. This teaches us a simple lesson: believe in what you want and others will believe it, too. Objective reality is possible to be changed… by you!

In his famous work How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (Publisher: Pocket Books, 1990, first printed in Great Britain in 1948), Dale Carnegie writes that “Our thoughts make us what we are. Our mental attitude is the X factor that determines our fate. Emerson said: ‘A man is what he thinks about all day long.’ […] How could he possibly be anything else? […] The great philosopher who ruled the Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, summed it up in eight words—eight words that can determine your destiny: ‘Our life is what our thoughts make it.’ Yes, if we think happy thoughts, we will be happy. If we think miserable thoughts, we will be miserable. If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that ‘Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.’”

On another continent and at another time, Montaigne, the great French philosopher, once wrote, ‘A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.’

It’s all about what we think of it, really.

So, use favorite words to form your reality and rediscover your true you. Knowing your favorite words helps with understanding your preferences, likes, and interests. The better you know yourself, the easier it is to self-develop and improve.

Tell me what your favorite words are and I’ll tell you who you are!

 

 

Word Therapy

 Improve Your Mood and Help Your Doctor Help You

Required Legal Notice: Please note that this benefit is meant to be employed to deal with minor, short-term emotions, such as a bad mood. It is not intended to be used as a substitution for treatment of serious conditions, such as depression. If you are suffering from such a condition, seek out professional help.

Let’s start with this old saying: “The same as words can kill, they can heal as well!” Your favorite words can help you deal with mood swings, frustrations, and even depression. Simply go through the list of your favorite words, stop by each word, and think about it. You’ll feel better in a matter of minutes!

Here is how you can do it exactly, an exercise:

Pick any word from your list. Close your eyes. Say it to yourself. Say it several times. Do you like how it sounds? Now, look at it and think about it. How does it make you feel? What does it make you think about? What does it mean to you? Let your imagination flow… Pick the next word and repeat! Keep going until you feel awesome!

Now this is how it works inside our mind: Besides the knowledge on spelling and meaning of words, our mind has a special association with every familiar word. This association is both spiritual and physical. Thus, whenever our mind meets a word, it brings up those associations. With favorite words, the associations are always positive and thus they have a strong, helpful effect on us.

Most psychotherapists would agree words often have a better effect than pills. Some psychological issues can’t, in fact, be resolved with medical efforts; only words can help. There is a special type of medical treatment called hypnotherapy done solely through the power of words. Using words, a specialist changes the state of mind of the patient, which opens new opportunities for treatments.

Hypnosis is one of the grandest proofs of the power of words. Using words professionally, a person can lull someone to sleep and then manipulate his mind, even give orders that will be followed. Hypnosis is widely used to help people understand the reasons behind their deepest psychological issues.

Dale Carnegie mentions an interesting experiment in his book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (Publisher: Pocket Books, 1990, first printed in Great Britain in 1948.) In it, famous British psychiatrist, J. A. Hadfield asks three men to submit themselves to test the effect of mental suggestion on their strength, which was measured by gripping a dynamometer. He told them to grip the dynamometer with all their might. He had them do this under three different sets of conditions. When he tested them under normal waking conditions, their average grip was 101 pounds. When he tested them after he had hypnotized them and told them that they were very weak, they could grip only 29 pounds—less than a third of their normal strength. (One of these men was a prize fighter, and when he was told under hypnosis that he was weak, he remarked that his arm felt “tiny, just like a baby’s.”) When Captain Hadfield then tested these men a third time, telling them under hypnosis they were very strong, they were able to grip an average of 142 pounds. When their minds were filled with positive thoughts of strength, they increased their actual physical powers almost fifty per cent.

“Such is the incredible power of our mental attitude,” Carnegie writes. “As a result of many years spent in teaching adults, I know men and women can banish worry, fear, and various kind of illness, can transform their lives by changing their thoughts. I know! I know!! I know!!! I have seen such incredible transformations performed hundreds of times. I have seen them so often that I no longer wonder at them.”

Your attitude toward life defines your way of thinking, which in turn is responsible for your behavior and your achievements. Various research has shown that with positive thinking people are able to achieve more, feel better, and live longer.

In a study ran by Toshihiko Maruta, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology (Rochester, Minnesota), which appears in the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, patients were given a personality test to assess their levels of optimism and pessimism. Researchers measured their progress over 30 years and found that optimists lived longer-than-average for their age and gender, while pessimists had a shorter-than-average lifespan. Researchers found that optimism strengthens the immune system and helps people adopt healthier lifestyles: optimists feel better about themselves and take better care of themselves. Pessimists confirm their fears by having higher blood pressure, more anxiety, and depression.

Here is a nice story about positive approach you will love:

    One king had a close childhood friend. This friend had a weird habit: in any situation, positive or negative, he always concluded it with the words: “This is good!”
    Once, they went hunting. The king’s friend was preparing rifles for the king as usual, but this time he didn’t do a good job. When the king fired the rifle, it backfired, blasting off his thumb, and the blood flowed as if from a fountain. The friend concluded as always, though: “This is good!”
    “No! This is NOT good!” shouted the king and ordered his guards to put his friend in prison.
    One year later, when the king was hunting in faraway lands, he and his people were captured by a local tribe of cannibals. That evening, they prepared everything to cook and eat the new victims. They tied the king and his companions to the logs. When they began a fire, they noticed that the king was missing one of his thumbs. Because of their superstitious beliefs, they didn’t eat people with bodily defects, so they freed the king.
    When he came back home all alone, tired and angry, he remembered that he lost his thumb because of his friend, who was still in prison. He felt sorry and thankful and let his friend out.
    “You were right,” the king said to his friend. “It WAS good that I lost my thumb. Otherwise, I’d have been eaten by cannibals by now. I am sorry I put you in jail; it was bad on my part.”
    “No, no, it was good!” responded the friend.
    “Why? You were imprisoned for one year. Why is it good?”
    “If I weren’t here, I would have been there with you,” laughed the king’s friend. “And since I have all my fingers in place, they would have eaten me. But I am alive and out from the jail now. So, this is good!”

And here is another funny story on the power of optimism:

    There were twin sons in a family; one very optimistic, while the other very pessimistic. The parents wanted both of their sons to just be normal.
    When the boys’ birthday rolled around, the parents decided to test the reactions of their sons by giving something really good to the pessimistic one and something very bad to the optimistic one. After a lot of thinking and planning, they presented the pessimist with an expensive wooden-horse toy that all kids were dreaming about. Meanwhile, the optimist got nothing less than a pile of crap—a real one.
    The kids came to get their gifts. The pessimist saw the wooden horse and started crying.
    “My horse is not alive; it’s a dead horse! I don’t want a dead horse!”
    “And my horse is alive, it did its thing and ran somewhere, I’ll go find it!” shouted the optimistic boy as he happily ran outside to play.

When you are positive and optimistic, nothing will break you!

Accompany your positive attitude with specific steps to overcome barriers to success. Positive thinking and imagination are great tools, and when you have a good, solid, and reasonable action plan, they work even better.

A method of favorite words uses the power of positive thinking to help you improve your current mood and your spirit in general. Seeing positive sides of everything and expecting positive outcomes from anything will help us live a happier, better life. It isn’t easy, though, and that’s why you need some triggers to keep yourself positive. Favorite words can serve as these triggers; they are your helpers for positive thinking, they guide you in the right direction. You think about the words in your list, why they were included there, and you build a solid foundation for staying positive, no matter what.

When best-selling author and pharmaceutical scientist Dr. David Hamilton observed the test results on new drugs, he noticed patients receiving control placebo pills reported the same level of improvement as people receiving the actual drug. Seeing this result repeating itself time again, he became fascinated by the mind-body connection and started to research the work of scientists, mystics, and healers in this field. The result was his book, It’s the Thought that Counts: The Astounding Evidence for the Power of Mind over Matter, in which he explains how the mind and emotions can influence the wellbeing of our bodies and even the structure of our DNA. Positive thoughts and feelings can heal the strongest diseases.

It turns out that words have a therapeutic effect, too. You probably felt before how kind words from other people made you feel better when you were sick or didn’t feel well.

Changing your vocabulary can improve your mood. Louise L. Hay’s best seller You Can Heal Your Life (Hay House, 1984.) walks you through the power of positive improvement. It will help you discover a number of interesting things about the power within you.

Healing through words is probably one of the oldest treatment methods available. Nowadays, this method has been confirmed through modern science. The energy of the words’ meanings and the way they sound stimulates human’s own inner power and leads to the cure.

ScienceDaily.com reported a brain imaging study by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, that revealed how by putting feelings into words, the brain produces therapeutic effects. Indeed, talking with a therapist or friend or writing in a journal will help us feel better:

When people see a photograph of an angry or fearful face, they have increased activity in a region of the brain called the amygdala, which serves as an alarm to activate a cascade of biological systems to protect the body in times of danger. Scientists see a robust amygdala responses even when they show emotional photographs so fast a person can barely see them.

But does seeing an angry face and simply calling it an angry face change our brain response? The answer is yes, according to Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology and a founder of social cognitive neuroscience.

“When you attach the word angry, you see a decreased response in the amygdala,” said Lieberman, lead author of the study, which appears in June 2007 issue of the journal, Psychological Science.

The study showed that while the amygdala was less active when an individual labeled the feeling, another region of the brain was more active: the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. This region is located behind the forehead and eyes and has been associated with thinking in words about emotional experiences. It has also been implicated in inhibiting behavior and processing emotions, but exactly what it contributes has not been known.

“What we’re suggesting is when you start thinking in words about your emotions – labeling emotions – that might be part of what the right ventrolateral region is responsible for,” Lieberman said.

If a friend or loved one is sad or angry, getting the person to talk or write may have benefits beyond whatever actual insights are gained. These effects are likely to be modest, however, Lieberman said.

“We typically think of language processing in the left side of the brain; however, this effect was occurring only in this one region, on the right side of the brain,” he said. “It’s rare to see only one region of the brain responsive to a high-level process like labeling emotions.”

Many people are not likely to realize why putting their feelings into words is helpful.

“If you ask people who are really sad why they are writing in a journal, they are not likely to say it’s because they think this is a way to make themselves feel better,” Lieberman said. “People don’t do this to intentionally overcome their negative feelings; it just seems to have that effect. Popular psychology says when you’re feeling down, just pick yourself up, but the world doesn’t work that way. If you know you’re trying to pick yourself up, it usually doesn’t work, self-deception is difficult. Because labeling your feelings doesn’t require you to want to feel better, it doesn’t have this problem.”

The research was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070622090727.htm

Dr. G. Canby Robinson from Great Britain once declared that four out of five patients admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital were suffering from conditions brought on in part by emotional strain and stress. This was often true, even in cases of organic disturbances.

“Eventually,” he declared, “these trace back to maladjustments to life and its problems.” Their main issue is not being prepared to accept life as it is, with all the problems that come with it, eventually adopting a negative attitude. Life is what we think about it. We become stressed when our visions of and desires in life – our ideal – isn’t met by reality. The simplest way to overcome this would be to accept life as it is and see the positive sides of each situation. When you concentrate on the best parts and choose not to devote your attention to worst, you perceive life in an entirely different way and experience much less stress.

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Obviously, when we talk about words, we mean thoughts. We simply can’t express thoughts without words. It’s possible, but it’s not effective. As Sebastyne Young put it: “A picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words can change its story.”

You’ve probably heard or said this before: “Whenever I hear this word…” This demonstrates how subjective words can be. The same word can have absolutely different meaning for various people. It can even cause opposite reactions; it depends on a number of factors. But what’s really important is how words influence our bodies and minds. For instance, when we read a book where words are positioned in a certain order, they can make us cry, or they can move our face’s muscles to smile.

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Exercise:

Describe your life. You can write a few sentences. Now, look at the words you used. These words express your thoughts. Your life is exactly what you think of it, remember?

Here is how it works: words are the instruments to create and change our lives. Favorite words improve our lives. If you use the words you like to describe your life, it will improve and you will love it. Let’s say you have no job, your health is bad, your family left you, no friends, no money, no home, and no one needs you. How would you describe your life? “It’s useless, boring, terrible, bad, lonely, poor, miserable… it sucks.” Now, let’s describe it using different words: “I am free, I can do what I want, I have a lot of opportunities ahead of me, I’ll find a job soon. I am looking for great friends and hope to find them. I love my family; once I get a job, a really cool job that I’ll love, once I am back on track, I will reunite with my wife and children. We’ll spend a lot of time together and do things we love. My health will greatly improve once I stop living so passively, get rid of a few bad habits, eat healthier, and start exercising. I love running, and I will run every morning now—wait, I’ll just go and run now, and I’ll listen to the music that I love while I am running. I have a great life, I am happy and I am going to be even happier.” Your life didn’t change, right? But you changed your attitude. In fact, because you changed your attitude, you see it differently now, and it did change for you. Your life changed. It’s kind of a grotesque example, but you get the idea.

Albert Einstein explained it very well in these two statements:

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

If you imagine your life to be something great, if you feel happy about it, that’s all that matters. You would normally think that poor people, people with disabilities, or lonely people are unhappy. But a lot of them aren’t. Their secret is that they simply see their lives in a positive light, and that works. On the other hand, rich people, ones with no serious health issues, people with big families, are often unhappy despite their money, health, or families. It’s all about what you think of it. If you think your life sucks, then it does. If you think it’s great, it is. And you can alter that easily: you don’t even need to change your life for that, just your attitude, which, by the way, will change your life. Do you follow me now? Look at your life positively; let your favorite words help you with that because they draw your attention to the best things in your life. Focus on those things, see how much great stuff you’ve got in your life, and simply be happy.

Of course, it’s not as easy as it might look. Otherwise, no one would feel unhappy. It takes a lot of devotion and concentration to actually change your attitude. That’s why the method of Favorite Words is better than most (if not all) other approaches. It doesn’t require much effort from you; you just enjoy the process of collecting the words you love and thinking about them. Everything else will happen on its own for you.

So, it seems obvious: positive thinking helps. But do you know a single person who is always positive and never complains? Are you that kind of person? I don’t think anyone can answer both questions with “yes.”

    There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk.
    “It has been ten years,” said the head monk. “What are the two words you would like to speak?”
    “Bed… hard…” said the monk.
    “I see,” replied the head monk.
    Ten years later, the monk returned to the head monk’s office. “It has been ten more years,” said the head monk. “What are the two words you would like to speak?”
    “Food… stinks…” said the monk.
    “I see,” replied the head monk.
    Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk who asked, “What are your two words now, after these ten years?”
    “I… quit!” said the monk.
    “Well, I can see why,” replied the head monk. “All you ever do is complain.”

In July 2006, Will Bowen offered a simple idea for people to monitor success at eradicating complaining from their lives. His idea exploded around the world and more than 10 million purple Complaint Free bracelets have been sent to people in over 106 countries. The major statements from Will Bowen are:

“Your thoughts create your life.”
“Your words indicate what you’re thinking.”

The concept is simple: you wear the bracelet on your wrist, and whenever you complain about anything out loud or to yourself, you’ll have to re-wear it on your other hand’s wrist. Thus, your aim is to keep wearing it on the same hand for one month. If you make it, your life will change, which is confirmed by millions of people who went through this unforgettable experience.

You can learn more through his book, A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted, Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013.)

Instead of spending money with this brilliant concept, you can simply use an elastic band and even add a little extra twist to it. Punish yourself for your every complaint by quickly slapping your wrist with that elastic band. It’s not pleasant, but it will teach you. If you haven’t slapped yourself for a month, you can take it off and enjoy the better you. You, who developed a new habit of not complaining, which in its turn will make you see things differently and will help you improve the quality of your life.

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The words we use define our own realities; they structure everything. Words describe what was created a moment ago in our mind. What happens to us is dependent on our thoughts and images and how we express ourselves with words. We actually write our reality with our words. Take control of your thoughts and emotions without letting them control you. Choose your words wisely and you will love your reality.

This Russian expression says it all: “If you keep telling someone for a long time that they are a pig, they’ll eventually grunt.” Words, along with consistency, bring results. Affirmation works the same way: if you keep telling yourself that your life is awesome, it will be awesome.

Have you heard of linguistic relativity? It’s a principle holding that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its respective speakers conceptualize their world and behave. It’s also knows as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism. Our language determines our thoughts and can limit our visions. You can’t understand what you don’t have words to explain. If you don’t have a definition for something, this something might not exist for you.

By the way, understanding certain processes, objects, and phenomena is defined differently in different languages. The reason is that a language usually represents a whole culture. It’s clearly seen in America where everyone lives in the same country, following the same rules, but all are completely different because of their cultural backgrounds. It’s especially true regarding people who don’t speak English or have a poor knowledge of the language. They do things differently and they perceive differently what others do, even if they have lived in the United States for many years. The language is the reason: linguistic relativity.

Words are also connected to our physical reactions. Our bodies react to words. It’s not a miracle that words can cause real feelings, emotions, and reactions of the body. It’s science. There is a thing called ideomotor phenomenon: it’s a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously; for example, the body produces tears in response to powerful emotions, without the person consciously deciding to cry.

Take the word lemon, for example. Imagine a lemon. Imagined? Now in your imagination, try to slice it and squeeze each sliced piece into your mouth, what do you feel? Are you salivating from the imagined sourness? You’re able to create this reaction with just words. Writers make people laugh, cry, get motivated, feel good, or feel sorry; their only instruments are: words.

Let’s try a quick experiment: look at the front areas of your right and left thumbs. Only look for 10 seconds, no more. Now answer this question: are they identical or different? If they are different, what is the main difference that you had noticed? It doesn’t really matter! What matters is how my words made you twist your wrists and look at your thumbs. I know what you’re thinking: What if you didn’t follow instructions and didn’t do anything? Well, it’s still possible to prove the point. You are reading this book, aren’t you? You took a physical action to get it. You are reading it now because some words that you read or heard influenced you. Even if you had stumbled upon this book on this website by chance, its title made you curious, which goes right back to words, too. The words caused a sequence of actions to bring a result.

As you have realized, the reactions can be caused not only by external factors but by our internal processes as well. Just thinking about something can make you sad or happy, calm or angry. Just anticipating something can make you excited or worried.

We all have a lot of emotions from our past. That’s how life is: you experience both good and bad and your memory remembers everything, but you get to choose your focus. Focus on good stuff, be optimistic, and use favorite words to bring back all those exact encouraging memories, feelings, associations, thoughts, and emotions. You will experience something known as braingasms: an orgasm of the brain experiencing pleasure from information.

By the way, do you have a couch doctor? If you do, then your psychologist will definitely find a list of your favorite words useful to better assist you. Your words will help the specialist understand you and discover things they didn’t know about you in a quick and convenient way. Just show them your list and let the doctor and your favorite words do the rest.

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What about least favorite words?

As I mentioned, a lot of people focus on unconstructive thinking. People keep asking each other their least favorite words, focusing on negative experiences, and while it’s not a good idea in general, there is something that can be done with those words as well.

But first, let’s talk about psychosomatics. Psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary medical field studying the relationships of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on bodily processes and quality of life in humans and animals. Basically, what it means is that some of our problematic physical conditions are caused by psychological conflicts. Your subconscious mind talks to you directly through physical reactions when you can’t or don’t realize what really bothers you. For example, when you don’t want to see something that you have to see in your everyday life, your sight could get worse. Or when children hear their parents yelling, their hearing might deteriorate. Some of our diseases have a mental component coming from the stresses of everyday living, like lower back pain, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, and many others. You should try to understand what you don’t like in your life, why you don’t like it, and what can you do to avoid it or understand it better. Understanding leads to good results as well. Once you figure it all out, some of your current physical issues might even go away without any treatment.

Exercise:

Make a list of your least favorite words. Think about each and why you don’t like it. What is the main reason behind this negative reaction? How does it block you from enjoying your life? Once you figure it all out, you would at least know the problem. That’s a big step towards getting rid of it. Your least favorite words are indications of the problems in your life. After “working” them, you will be able to get rid of the problems entirely—even those problems that you didn’t realize you had.

Exact steps:

Take any of your least favorite words and work with them by answering the following questions:

What does this word mean?
What is the inner image of this word?
What memories or associations does it bring?
What do I feel when I think about it?
How do I write this word?
How does this word sound?
How do I look and move when I hear or see this word? Am I hypertonic or hypotonic? What is my bearing? How do I breathe? What about other people’s mode and behavior about this word?

Your answers will draw a whole picture around this word that you can further work on.

Talk to a competent psychologist about your least favorite words and the reasons behind them and the doctor will be able to work with you further.

There can be a reverse method offered by Dr. Cora Besser-Siegmund in her book Magic Words: Der minutenschnelle Abbau von Blockaden. You can make any negative word to be your favorite by changing its meaning to you. Basically, it works like this:

First, pick a major problem in your life, or as many problems as you wish. Then pick a single word or a set of words that could define this problem for you. Test if that problem really weakens you. Dr. Besser-Siegmund suggests an o-ring method, where you keep your thumb and index fingers together forming a circle (like in OK sign.) With strong stressful words it would be harder, and with favorite words (she calls them “magic words”) it would be easier. Try to create a wonderful world in every little detail for that negative stressful word that marks the problem. How it looks, how it sounds, what you see around it, how you feel about the word and its letters, and so on. Once this imagined world of the word becomes strong, try to test it again and see if your o-ring is stronger now. Then try to remind yourself about the new image of the word for the next two weeks to make sure that image stays in your memory along with that word for a long time or even for your entire life. This technique will make sure that instead of harming you, the stressful words would have a positive impact on you.

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Sound of Words:

Sometimes people favor words by how they sound. Despite the fact that there is no special association and/or meaning you have with them, these words can help improve your mood or have other positive effect on your health. You like the vibration of the combination of sounds of this word. That’s what makes you like it.

Each word has its own physical energy connected to its vibration, frequency, and rhythm. Specific combinations of letters create a unique combination of sounds when you pronounce them in their respective order. These vibrations interact with and even influence your inner vibrations, your own energy.

You can especially notice this in music. You feel great after listening to some songs and some music, and you don’t like some others. One of my greatest ancestors, Avicenna (980-1037), a famous doctor, physician, and philosopher, considered music as a non-medication-based form of treatment, along with smells, laughter, diet, and labor. For example, ancient Arabs always had musicians nearby their hospitals. Music has vibration and energy that influence us. And because people have different energies, the same sounds can be liked and disliked by various people. But there are still some common rules here. For example, a march stimulates and supports adrenaline in your body; it makes you feel prepared and zips you up. Words that sound imperative, strong, powerful have the same effect on you. Wind instruments develop serotonin – a contributor to feelings of wellbeing and happiness – thus words that sound as pleasantly to your ear as wind instruments can make you feel happy, too. The key here is harmony in the sounds of the word; words with harmony in the way they sound usually have a very positive influence. They are capable of calming us down or inspiring us. They wake up our internal healing power.

In phonaesthetics, the word cellar door (especially in its British pronunciation /sɛləˈdɔː/) has been cited variously as an example of a word that is beautiful, purely in terms of its sound, without regard for semantics (meaning.) It has been presented as merely the most beautiful word in the English language.

When the German Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Köhler read Morgenstern’s poem in the 1920s, he was moved to suggest that words convey symbolic ideas beyond their meaning. To test the idea, he asked a group of respondents to decide which of the two shapes was a maluma and which was a takete. One shape had sharp angles and straight lines, another shape was all rounded with no straight lines.

If you’re like the vast majority of Köhler’s respondents, you are compelled by the idea that malumas are soft and rounded, whereas taketes are sharp and jagged. As Köhler showed, words and the way they sound carry hidden baggage that may play a role in shaping a thought.

Similar linguistic associations influence how we think and behave in other ways. For example, if someone told you that they were driving north across hilly terrain tomorrow, would you expect that drive to be mostly uphill or mostly downhill? If you’re like most people, you associate northerly movement with going uphill and southerly movement with going downhill. According to research by the psychologists Leif Nelson and Joseph Simmons, this association produces some strange biases: people believe that a bird will take longer to migrate between the same two points if it flies north than if it flies south; they expect a moving company to charge 80 percent more to move furniture north rather than south; and, as a different study concluded, they assume that property is more valuable when it sits in the northern part of a town. This research proves how dependent people are on presumptions. So, as the saying goes, it’s not what you say to a person, but what that person hears.

All our emotions and internal feelings – what we call great mood or high spirit – represent a special energy that has its own vibration and rhythm. When we change this inner rhythm by the vibration of the words we love, we can change a bad mood or depression and even heal some light disease.

Words in general and favorite words in particular facilitate the boost of spirit. Have you heard this saying? “A word warmly said gives comfort even to a cat,” or its other variation, “a kind word and a cat is nice.” Now, imagine how much more important it is to us as human beings.

Exercise:

Try to make a poem using your most favorite words. It can be a poem of any size. It can be a haiku, or it can be a prose. The only requirement here is to use as many of your favorite words as you can and that the whole thing must make sense.

This exercise can be done by you alone or in a group with friends or family. It can be a classroom exercise as well. Crafting this kind of poem is amusing on its own, but it will also make you feel great. Plus, you’ll get a nice little poem in the end, which you can always use to cheer yourself up during tough times.

Let me conclude this chapter with this short well-known poem:
A word a day keeps the doctor away.

 

 

Vocabulary Enrichment

Learn New Words or New Languages; Be More Successful

 “The most beautiful word I ever heard is estacionamiento.
It’s Spanish. After I learned to say elegantly, musically,
I found out what it means: parking lot.
Joe Bob Briggs, the humorist

Like how it sounds? Know what it means! Favorite words can help you learn new words, foreign and not, in a new way. All you need to do is to keep your eyes open (well, ears, really) for anything that sounds awesome but has no meaning to you, then find the definition or translation, and associate it with the awesomeness of that word. Use these new words in your speech or writing. It won’t take long until you notice how your language has been enriched and how you are beginning to impress people with your enhanced vocabulary. It all starts with finding new words you love.

Words are the building blocks of knowledge and literacy in any field or endeavor. Increasing one’s vocabulary increases clarity, which, in turn, leads to empowerment. In short, a good vocabulary enriches your life and supports you in moving forward with your dreams.

Vocabulary and Success

Vocabulary is the key to an individual’s success. Johnson O’Connor, an American psychometrician, an educator, and a researcher, was an advocate for vocabulary’s importance. General Electric hired O’Connor to study and test the company’s successful employees and discover which traits they had in common that made them good at their jobs. Through his research, he discovered that a person’s vocabulary level was the best single measure for predicting occupational success in every area. In other words, an understanding of not only general language but also of the words specific to the activity was the factor that most distinctly separated the unsuccessful from the successful. According to O’Connor, the reason seems to be that words are the tools with which we think and with which we grasp others’ thoughts. Furthermore, vocabulary is not innate and can be acquired by everybody. O’Connor considered vocabulary augmentation to be a major key to unlocking a person’s potential. His later research included an effort to catalogue the most important words to know ordered by difficulty. His discovery was then amplified by Margaret E. Broadley in her book, Your Natural Gifts: How to Recognize and Develop Them for Success and Self-Fulfillment (Epm Pubns Inc, 1991.)

O’Connor’s theories became popular with contemporary thought leaders, like Robert Kiyosaki, a famous author and educator with over 13 million copies of his books sold across the world. He writes, “If you want to be rich, you have to have a rich man’s vocabulary. Words can make you rich, or can make you poor.”

Our social experience can mostly be boiled down to communicating with others. The main form of communication is speech, or language. When we don’t know a person, we can quickly make an assessment about their culture, education level, social background, origin, and more once they start to speak or when we read what they’ve written.

Well-known Russian writer Lev Tolstoy (author of: War and Peace, 1869) noted that using the language “somehow,” that is, carelessly, means thinking the same way: inaccurately, approximately, and roughly. Fast speech is hard to follow, slow speech challenges patience.

Even an interesting discussion loses a lot if a companion’s language is poor and the used words are coarse, improper, or careless.

Historically, the most successful people have been outstanding writers and/or extraordinary speakers. The explanation is simple: to have others follow you or support your beliefs, you need to be capable of explaining things using a language that’s easy to understand, interesting to listen to or read, and, at the same time, very convincing. You need to be good with words. As put by popular actor, comedian, author, and film producer Steve Martin, “Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”

How to have a way with words? All you need to do is enrich your vocabulary. The larger your vocabulary, the more concise you can be. The more words you learn and know in a certain area, the more chances of success you have. Just learn the professional vocabulary and try to explore each term’s meaning, find examples of use, and understand how it is used. You can’t use a word if you don’t know its meaning; in turn, opportunities to know something about a new topic are lost.

Let’s take a work example from my life as a search engine optimization specialist (SEO), which I’ve been practicing for over a decade. Words play a vital role in this area. We call them keywords. Professionals in my field don’t need to understand the field for which they are working because they have access to all the keywords. We can easily research keywords’ popularity, value, and relevance. Thus, we know which keywords are important for which to optimize the website and bring in more traffic, achieving high conversion. But we need to know SEO terms to be successful. Without knowing understanding the significance of acronyms like CPC, ROI, CPA, SMO, and PPC, we cannot succeed.

Keywords are important in predictions and recommendations as well. Google can predict car sales from analyses of search queries, Amazon’s book recommendation system captures consumer preferences by correlating book titles, and the language used by financial commentators helps predict the stock market. At FavoriteWords.com, we are working on collaborative filtration, a system suggesting your most likely favored words based on your other words and the words of users sharing common words with you.

Ralph Fletcher and Donald M. Murray wrote in their book, What a Writer Needs (Heinemann Educational Books, 1992), that our English language contains about 490,000 words, along with another 300,000 technical terms. No one, of course, not even the great writers, can utilize such richness. It has been said that Shakespeare had a working vocabulary of around 33,000 words. In 1945, the average American student between the ages of six and fourteen had a written vocabulary of about 25,000 words. Today, that vocabulary has shrunk to about 10,000 words.

There is a direct dependence on the number of words you know and your success in life. At FavoriteWords.com, people not only expand their lists of favorite words, but stay organized and find reminders for their meaning. They can search for new words using other people’s lists, thus enriching their own vocabularies, which means more opportunities for success.

A word isn’t just a structural piece of language and speech; it’s not just a means of communication: it’s a powerful instrument to influence yourself and others.

NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioners use people’s favorite words as a source of manipulation. For instance, there are three main types of people: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Manipulation and negotiation specialists recommend asking the visual person if they see the opportunity, the auditory person if they want to hear your thoughts, and the kinesthetic person what they feel about it. You can read more about it in The Art of Reading Minds: How to Understand & Influence Others without Them Noticing by Henrik Fexeus (B. Jain Publishers, 2010.)

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Being successful and influencing others requires oratorical skills from you. If you have troubles speaking publicly, favorite words can help. Pay attention to the words you love the most and use them to become more confident when speaking.

The part of the brain that is responsible for speech gets formed last. Famous Russian psychologist and the author of the Social Development Theory, Lev Vygotsky, suggested that language plays a central role in mental development. He wrote that “Inner speech is not the interior aspect of external speech – it is a function in itself. It still remains speech, i.e. thought connected with words… Inner speech is to a large extent thinking in pure meanings.”

More from Robert Kiyosaki: “You become your thoughts and your actions. If you say, ‘I can’t do that,’ you become poor, because you have a loser’s mentality. So words again are probably the most important thing you need to be in constant check of yourself.”

With favorite words you can enrich your vocabulary, which will result in stronger social skills and being more successful overall.

 

 

Words of Power

Meditate with Your Words and Motivate Yourself

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling

 
Words can be powerful motivators. They can bless or curse, encourage or discourage, hearten or dishearten, embolden or frighten, exhilarate or dispirit, inspire or deprecate. Take a close look at your list of favorite words. Choose the most powerful personal words from your list and use them to help you or someone else succeed. These words of power can be used to protect you in difficult situations, support your confidence, increase your chances in competitions, and help you accomplish something. You can use them as words of inspiration and share them with others for mutual encouragement. These words are your magical words, the words of power! Remember them and you’ll always have the power of favorite words at your fingertips.

The power of words is a popular concept with thousands of books and papers written on this subject. Just google it!

M. Farouk Radwan, the author of many psychological works and a popular website called 2knowmyself.com, wrote a great series of articles devoted to the power of words. Here is an interesting question he raises and then answers:

Words charged with negative emotions can disturb the chemical processes of the brain for a few moments. Positive words have the opposite effect. But why do specific words inspire positivity for some, and not others?

Your mind doesn’t accept any external input unless it matches its own beliefs. Unless the words are perfectly aligned with the person’s beliefs the effect would be close to none. You can’t motivate anyone during difficult times unless you get to know more about what they believe in, what makes them feel better, and at minimum, what they are interested in.

This is why keeping a list of your favorite words and knowing favorite words of others is so important. When you use the right words, the words liked by the person in need of help, their effect will be that much stronger.

A word represents a whole experience. A good movie title usually triggers your memory for subject recall. The word “exam” or “math” can make school children upset, meanwhile the phrase “day off” inspires happiness. When you meet the words “bills” and “payment due,” you don’t feel so great. Most people hate the word “suspended.” The word “waiver,” alternatively, will get you in gleeful mood. The name of a certain person can bring up nice or not so nice memories.

Speaking of names, the names people choose for their children vary from simple to complex, and that decision determines (or at least influences) the outcome of those children’s lives. Psychologists Simon Laham and Peter Koval discovered that people prefer politicians with simpler names, and lawyers in American firms with fluent names rise up the legal hierarchy to partnership more quickly than their non-fluently named colleagues. The result persisted even when they focused on Anglo-American names, so it doesn’t simply boil down to xenophobic prejudice.

In 2006, two academic psychologists, Adam Alter and Daniel Oppenheimer, investigated the performance of hundreds of stocks immediately after they were listed on the financial markets between 1990 and 2004. They discovered that companies with simpler names that were easier to pronounce received a greater post-release bump than did companies with complex names.

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Reality is coded by words. Words are capable of changing it—that’s a scientific fact. Russian scientists, headed by the creator of Linguistic Wave Genetics Dr. Gariaev, conducted extensive tests showing the influence of words on live DNA. One of their experiments is quite interesting.

In it, his team used a specialized tool designed to measure the effect words have on plant’s DNA. Initially, seeds of an Arabidopsis thaliana plant were told the words of curses. Afterward, radiation was measured. Post-curse and the seeds contained forty thousand R-units of radiation. From that high dose, the DNA chains of the seeds broke, the genes shredded and got mixed up. Most of the seeds died, and the ones that survived produced mutants.

It didn’t matter if the curses were whispered or shouted; the devastating effect was the same. It wasn’t the power of the sound but the actual meaning of the words that mattered. After the curses, the scientists tried the power of blessing, and the result was amazing. The seeds with broken, shredded, and mixed up DNA sprung up and started to develop normally after the words of blessing.

The genetic rules are universal for all that lives, from plants to humans. Imagine how much power words can have on your DNA!

We live among words. Words can be keyed up to a state of positive energy. They can become your allies and supporters. At all times, you stand in front of many choices, and it isn’t always easy to choose the right one. Picking the right words is choosing the right path: your destiny.

The words we use are substantial; they possess a vibrational substance and have an impact on us. It’s interesting that mathematical models of human speech and genetic code have equal geometry, which means our DNA is built by the principles of our speech or vice versa.

Exercise:

Pick any word from your favorite words list. Look at the word. Let the word resonate with your memory and imagination. Maybe you hear a song or remember a movie or book. Maybe you remember a person or an experience. Feel it with all five senses. How does it look? What do you hear? Can you touch it? How does it smell? What do you think that word would taste like if it had a taste? Would it be sweet and juicy or crunchy and salty? What is the hidden meaning of the word? How can you make it come alive? What is the history of that word? What wonderful secrets are behind that word?

This exercise will let you enter into the spirit of the word. You will have a whole new experience within that word and thus empower yourself with it.

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How do amulets and talismans work?

They aren’t the same things, by the way: amulets protect, talismans give power. But the way they work is similar.

Our brain gets information on what the amulet or talisman can do for us and thus programs us to believe in those particular attributes. It is especially true and often happens when we are still children. Whenever something unusual happens, where we escape something bad or do something we usually couldn’t do, we might believe that it was caused by an amulet or a talisman and start to trust in its power even more. Thus, objective reality doesn’t exist for us anymore because our consciousness adapted to meet our own subjective reality. Therefore, we can do it intentionally and change our reality by ourselves.

For example, did you know that our eyes see all objects in 2D and our brain transforms them into 3D for us? If we could see in three dimensions then we could see the back sides of the objects as well. We only understand 3D because of different hints like shadows, sizes, colors, movements, and more, and our brain puts it all together for us. Now, how objective is reality and how much does the subjective vision make it real?

A certain parable explains this pretty well, where blind men were asked to touch and feel an elephant and, depending upon where they touch it, they believe the elephant to be a water spout (trunk), a fan (ear), a pillar (leg), and a throne (back.) They could not see the whole picture; they could not understand what an elephant was. As Rumi, the 13th Century Persian poet and teacher of Sufism, explains, “The sensual eye is just like the palm of the hand. The palm has not the means of covering the whole of the beast.” Rumi ends his statement with this: “If each had a candle and they went in together the differences would disappear.” In my opinion, words are those candles, and words help us combine our experiences and know our realities.

At the same time, most things are still different for all of us. There is a game of word-associations you can play with your friends to see proof of how diverse reality can be. Give them words and ask them to answer with one word associations. For example, the word Paris: some people would answer with “love,” some would say “France,” some would say “fashion,” some might even say “frogs,” and that’s what Paris is for them. It’s different. Each has their own vision; they’ve created that vision for themselves and they can change that, too. Those who think that French people eat frogs all day long can understand that it’s not really so. Likewise the Eiffel Tower is not seen from just any window in Paris, nor do all people talk about only love and women. France is as diverse as most other countries. But who sees the whole picture? Nobody does.

We don’t know the reality; we only can guess about it. We live in our own unique worlds. Our brains get information from the outside and filter it all out through three filters: neuro-physical, social, and personal. Some of the information gets rejected, some gets distorted, and some generalizes. In result, a small portion reaches our consciousness as it was received. Hence, there is a big difference between our understanding of the world and what it really is. Conversely, we are able to build a reality from our inner understanding of it, particularly when we all do it together.

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Most of us think with words. If you want to be more powerful in your thinking and emotions, your every word should have a “colorful” and strong image and association. When your words are more powerful, you in turn become stronger, and your life gets to the next level.

Exercise:

Imagine a far, far future. The 144th world war has begun in the galaxy. Each human is a warrior and their only weapons are words. Depending on the meaning of those words, you can find a way to defeat enemies and get more people embracing your cause. Which words will you choose to be your weapons? Which words will be written on your banners? Which words will you choose to lead your all-out attacks? Which words will heal the wounds of your soldiers and close friends? Think about it and make a list of these words. Then think about each of your selected words and try to explain yourself why you have chosen them.

Congratulations! You’ve just made a list of your most powerful words.

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Every human has these magic wands also known as “words.” We all use them. Some of us transfigure our lives and help others. Some of us create problems for ourselves and others. Who do you prefer to be and how do you want to use your magic wands? I am confident in your desire to use the words for good causes and reasons. Only your favorite words are capable of that.

Certain words have special meanings known only by you or your other half or best friend. Close childhood friends, brothers and sisters, married couples, families, colleagues, and other people often share secret words, which may serve as passwords in devotion ceremonies and during the entire time of those close and cherished relationships. These secret words can also help in tough situations to raise a red flag or, in the opposite, to appease panic.

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Our brain likes to repeat things over and over again. It probably helps itself to remember things that way. You can notice this phenomenon when some song or melody is stuck in your head and you just can’t get rid of it. But this can be used in your favor. Let your mind repeat something useful instead, some useful words. You can repeat your favorite words or listen to them continuously. And some wise people are already doing it for hundreds or thousands of years. These repeated words, the words of power, are called mantras.

Mantras are popular among successful people in Oriental cultures, and they are becoming popular in the Western world as well. They have strong effects on your mind and emotions. Hinduism representatives believe that mantras can change the material world as well.

Favorite words can be used as your daily mantras as well. Repeat your favorite words, know what world is there for you behind each word, and in no time you will notice a positive difference in your life. You can meditate with your favorite words. Pick a word and devote your meditation to it. Then try another one. This works like magic.

Here is how it works: Once you think of something, it is very difficult to eradicate that idea from your mind. The late social psychologist Dan Wegner described this stubbornness of thought as the great irony of mental control: to ensure that you aren’t thinking about an unwanted idea, you have to continually turn your mind to that very idea.

Deepak Chopra, M.D, the author of more than 65 books including numerous New York Times bestsellers, says “The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. Silently repeating a mantra as you meditate is a powerful way to enter the silence of the mind. As you repeat the mantra, it creates a mental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness.”

Many different mantras exist, but you can also create your own. Use your favorite words for that. Each word has a special meaning to you and you can use it as a mantra to achieve whatever you want by encoding it into this word. Love, harmony, success, home, freedom, victory, money, family, vacation—any of your words can become the words of power for you. Famous people use mantras often, and that’s one pillar behind their success.

You can simply repeat your selected favorite words in different intonations and think about them. Whatever comes to mind that is relevant to this word is great. Just avoid thoughts that aren’t related, or if you have them, move to thoughts and ideas more relevant again.

Repeat your mantras gently below your breath when you walk, when you are standing in line, when you wash your dishes, and you will generate a great energy, and the results will be beyond your expectations. You will experience what French call “la joie de vivre,” or the joy of living.

There is one obstacle here, though: not many people can keep their minds “clear,” having no thoughts at all or concentrating on only one thought. Try not to think about anything, even for one minute. It’s incredibly hard. But the key to understanding life is in this task, in clearing your mind.

To overcome this obstacle, you should try observing which thoughts interfere with this process. Look at yourself as if it’s not you. Imagine yourself being in the top-right (or top-left) corner of the room; if you are outside, just find a good place from which you can look at yourself. Now, right from there, look at the real you as if it’s someone else. Try to actually see and describe everything you observe. You can read that person’s mind; try to understand why certain thoughts appear in his or her head. Try to help this person get rid of those thoughts and remove each new thought when it appears over and over again until you see no thoughts at all. If you do it regularly, you’ll be able to better concentrate on things and, moreover, you’ll be able to start meditating.

This parable explains it very well:

    A master once brought his student to a park near a mountain. In this park stood a complex labyrinth with long walls and no roof, thus letting in the sun to lighten it. The master showed his student the entrance and asked him to find the exit. It took the student all day and then all night to walk inside the labyrinth until he finally got tired and fell asleep.
    Sometime later, the master woke him up.
    “Follow me,” said the master. They got out from the labyrinth and immediately started going up to the mountain. Once they were at the peak, the master told his student to look below. The entire labyrinth could be seen from that point. Then they went down and the master once again asked his student to find the exit of the labyrinth. It only took a few minutes this time, and the student didn’t come to a single deadlock.
    “The lesson you’ve learned today,” said the master to his student, “is one of the most important lessons for the art of life. The farther and higher the point from which you look at your life, at any situation, the more you can see and understand, thus the easier it would be for you to find a solution, an exit from the labyrinth.”

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Dr Masaru Emoto ran a series of interesting experiments to prove that water has memory and can understand words. In these experiments, the chemical make-up of water changed based on what words were said to it.

After shouting at water and playing loud noise, the water formed inhomogeneous crystals. But when good words were said to the water, the crystals formed were highly clear with good structure. So what does this have to do with you? Well, your body is around 60% water.

Dr. Emoto conducted another experiment where he used three beakers of cooked rice. He said “thank you” to one, “you are an idiot” to the second, and completely ignored the third. After a month, the rice that was thanked began to ferment with a strong, pleasant aroma. The insulted rice turned black, while the ignored rice began to rot. Conclusion: good words inspire, bad words harm, and no words destroy.

Here is a great story to support the power of words:

    Once upon a time, a group of frogs had a lot of fun by playing on a glade until two of them suddenly fell down a well. The well was so deep they couldn’t jump out from it, no matter how hard they tried. Other frogs gathered above the well and, seeing the sad situation, started suggesting the frogs just stop trying and deal with the fatal hour.
    Instead of wasting energy, the two ill-fated frogs were recommended to bow to the inevitable and resign from their trials. The more the two frogs tried to get out from the well, the more other frogs shouted to them they shouldn’t. One of the frogs finally lost hope, and after using the last of his power, dropped dead to the bottom of the well. The other one kept trying despite endless harmful and unsupportive words from the top.
    “Stop trying!”
    “You look pitiful!”
    “Save your energy!”
    “Die respectfully!”
    “Give up already!”
    “Accept your fate!”
    Everyone shouted these things, but the frog jumped harder each time he heard something negative. And, all of a sudden, with a few final leaps, the frog flew above the well’s edge and landed on the grass. All other frogs calmed down right away, sitting in shock for a few seconds, but then jumped closer and started asking questions.
    “How could you do this?”
    “This is incredible! What’s your secret?”
    “Why didn’t you stop trying when we all told you to stop?”
    The frog looked at everyone with gratitude and answered:
    “I have a partial hearing loss and all I could hear was how loudly you were supporting us, so the more you shouted the more power your encouragement gave me. I didn’t want you to stop believing in me and tried as hard as I could. I knew if you believed that it was possible, than I should do my best. I didn’t want to fail you. You all were so supportive. Thank you for helping me so much! I wouldn’t have made it without you!”

The words of others can discourage or encourage, even when you can’t quite understand them. Words are powerful even when they aren’t helping. So, don’t listen to pessimistic people, don’t fall into a trap of negative advices. Hope for the best and never stop trying.

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An experiment was conducted to find out whether or not words have a psychological effect on people’s mood by bringing three groups and giving each of them a word puzzle to solve. The first group was given a puzzle that contained words like “anger” and “rude,” the second group was given a puzzle that had words like “calm” and “polite,” while the third group was given a puzzle that contained neutral words.

Right after solving the puzzle, they were all asked to leave to another room, and on their way they found someone who kept interrupting them and forcing them to wait for a long time. The first group responded more aggressively to the person who wasted their time. The second group was more polite to the person who wasted their time. The third group had a neutral response.

The experiment proved that words have an immediately following exposure. What would happen if you repeat the same words to yourself over and over?

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The words you use every day have great impact on your mood and behavior. Repeating the same words over and over can indeed change people. The easiest way to understand this would be to just choose one or a few of your favorite words and use them as your daily mantra. Just try it. The great results will follow.

With favorite words, you can empower yourself and others. You can set them as secret words for your closest friends and loved ones. The power of words, especially favorite words, is boundless. Kind, powerful, and positive words, which favorite words are, can give power to anyone, make people confident, attract attention, and inspire.

 

 

Boredom Solution

Entertain Yourself, Boost Creativity, and Do What You Love

 

After visiting New York’s World Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, a famous science fiction author, wrote an article for the New York Times called, “Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014.” In the piece, he imagined the progress humankind would make over the next 50 years. Here is something interesting he wrote:

“Even so, mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.”

You can read his predictions here:
http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/23/lifetimes/asi-v-fair.html

Asimov was pretty close in this prediction. I think boredom is an essential part of any well-developed world today. The more comfortable your life is the more boring it becomes. The more free time you have, the less you want to do anything. It is a real issue for many people even when they aren’t ready to admit it.

This is why so many self-development and business success books write about getting out of the comfort zone to achieve results. Only when you don’t have comfort, you brain starts working on a new level, you start finding stronger solutions to problems. “To create masterpieces the artist should be hungry,” – they say. Obviously, it’s not going to be boring anymore when it’s a matter of survival. There is simply no opportunity to be boring, there is no time for it.

There is a less radical answer to avoiding boredom than by causing a life-threatening catastrophe. Favorite Words is a good path to escape from the kingdom of boredom. When you feel bored, just go through your favorite words and choose what you can do to entertain yourself or to spend time more productively. It’s simple and it works. Moreover, just going through your words, stopping by each word and thinking about it or meditating with it, is a great way to pass the time, too. It’s all about you there, after all. Plus, at FavoriteWords.com, you can play a number of cool word games. You won’t notice how quickly the time passed, only all the fun you had playing.

Give yourself a chance to relax and do things you love. Go for whatever improves your mood and makes you feel good. Remind yourself what it was that you really wanted to get but couldn’t when you were a kid. A railway model, a skydive session, a beautiful doll, a triple scoop ice-cream, your own island beach, a dog, a trampoline? Go and get it – do it now! You will soon realize that trivial things like a walk in the woods, a comedy movie, or game of ping-pong can make you happy. Make yourself into the gift you always dreamt of.

Do you like to give and receive gifts? Most people like both. But nobody likes getting gifts they don’t like. Nobody likes when gifts are boring or useless. FavoriteWords.com solves this issue easily: it simplifies wish-lists. You can learn what gifts to give to your friends, family members, or colleagues by looking at their favorite words as their wish-list. You will always make the right choice and almost certainly will surprise a friend with your original gift. In contrast, other people will also have an idea as to what gifts to give you from your own favorite words and thus make you happy.

Words themselves can serve as great gifts too. You can craft the word from wood or clay or you can draw it and present it as a picture. It can be any other artwork as well; for instance, a 3d-printed one. Or you can create new words from the list of your friend’s words list and present those neologisms.

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A great way to avoid boredom is creativity. Many of us come up with great ideas and projects, and those projects then need cool names and maybe even their own brands. Favorite words can help. You can combine a couple of your favorite words into one and create a completely unique brand name you really love (with a .com domain available for this name, which is rare these days.) Plus, going through your list of favorite words can generate a number of remarkable ideas for a new project, company, concept, product, or service.

Use your favorite words as brainstorming session jumpers. When you need an idea, your list can help you get started with that process. Try randomly putting together a few of your favorite words to see what happens: come up with an original business idea, a unique restaurant theme, a house concept, or even a magical animal. You never know, the result might just become the next iconic international brand. This exercise will greatly improve your ability to create fresh ideas.

Favorite words get you closer to your intuition, your inner voice. We all have a vast amount of amazing resources hidden inside us, but only a few of us can unlock the doors to these resources—our grand power to create. You need a number of unique keys for these doors. Favorite words are your keys; use them to unlock the power inside you and be amazed at the outcome: a continuous stream of great ideas.

It’s not just about coming up with ideas, but about creativity in general. Words create feelings and emotions, which lead to actions. That’s the main principle behind creativity, which is one of my favorite words, by the way. It’s about making something out of nothing. I believe it’s what makes us feel closer to God. God created us in His own image, after His likeness, meaning that we, too, can create. We can create a reality, our own personal reality.

We are all creative, including those who say they aren’t. We wouldn’t survive in our world if we didn’t come up with ideas. We need ideas for everything, from how to find a date to where to get money, from how to help a friend to what happens next to my book’s hero. Writing can serve as a good example, too. Your favorite words can help you come up with ideas or concepts for your writing, and even provide direction and purpose for writing anything from self-help articles to fiction. Favorite words can pull the trigger for creative writing.

You have a vault of ideas living inside you, waiting to burst into all the colors of the creative rainbow. Your favorite words are the elements, the keys that open idea-doors, the idea-flow mechanisms, and there are many of them. Synectics, TRIZ, lateral thinking, focal objects, list of 300, brainstorming, SWOT, morphological box, Osborn checklist, 5W1H, Harvey cards, SIT, wishing, six thinking hats, PSI, mind maps, SCAMPER, daydreaming, Google— Each of these fancy-sounding words and phrases represent strong unique creative methods. You can use the last one in this list to know more about each of these words and when you learn any of them, you will see that it can effectively help you find ideas and solve problems. Add it to your list of favorite words to faster refer to it in future.

Whether you’re thinking up a new brand for your business or simply picking out gift ideas for friends, favorite words are simply invaluable.

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One of the cures from boredom is having an activity you’re fond of. All successful people have some activity that they steadily continue doing in order to keep themselves healthy and happy. Also known as a hobby, it could be morning running, evening fitness, daytime walks in the park, weekly ping pong, or monthly hiking. Anything really: yoga, chess, dancing, crosswords, basketball, reading, you name it. Whatever keeps you in physical, spiritual, or intellectual shape. Find your “activity formula” through your favorite words. Nobody gets tired of enjoying what they love doing; you won’t either!

What people choose as their hobbies derives from their personalities. If regular jobs are not always what people love doing, hobbies are. People always love their hobbies.

They say that your hobby could be something you should do professionally. Because you love doing it, you’d most likely succeed at that. On the other hand, most hobbies can’t make you any money; some, but not all. A lot of hobbies can actually make you good income if you are serious about them. A great deal of big companies started from what was just a hobby at first: Walt Disney, Harley Davidson, Martha Stewart Living, and Facebook, to name a few. That’s why it helps to have a number of hobbies to choose from: you can evaluate your hobbies to see which could become your main life’s activity. Look at your favorite words from that angle. Choose a hobby that can make you money. This simple action can be something life-changing for you if you are in the middle of choosing a career or don’t like your job. At the very least, your hobby can change the way you do things in other areas of your life.

People tend to consider you a more interesting person if you have a hobby. It also gives you something fascinating to talk about with others. Your favorite activity can help you avoid boredom and lets you meet new people with similar interests. It introduces you to a whole new world of personalities and experiences. You can use FavoriteWords.com to find people with similar activities. Enter your hobby as a separate word or a set of words and the system will suggest other like-minded people with whom you can connect.

My hobby (and I hope yours soon to be) is collecting the words I like and going through my list of favorite words on a regular basis. It allows me to better know myself, improve my mood, get ideas, find like-minded people, and have a lot of fun.

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Are you happy with what you do for living? If not, then this part is for you.

At some points in our lives, we need to decide what to do next. Our life work defines our destiny and gives a meaning to our existence. Our favorite words can help us decide what to do in life because we only need to do what we really love: the words will indicate what that is right away.

So, find what you love doing through your favorite words and do it professionally. Learn everything about it, and then practice, practice, and practice again. It can even be something original that will combine a few of your favorite words into one really awesome activity or business. People only succeed in life when they do something they truly love. You will be happy if these four elements are in place:

-  You do what you love;
- You are good at what you do;
- What you do helps other people;
- You get paid well for what you do.

By taking a closer look at your favorite words you will soon figure out which of them tell you about the activity you might want to do professionally. List them separately and see what career you might pursue or what business you can start. What work would you be happy doing?

Work is a grand word. Working is great, but some people don’t like to work. One guy once said: “I’d give everything not to work anymore!” And that’s exactly what happened to him. He didn’t need to go to work anymore because of a sudden disease, which kept him in bed for the rest of his life. He couldn’t spend his time with friends anymore. Picnics, parties, playing sports, road-trips were all in the past now. His wife left him. He really gave everything not to work and as a result grew miserable. They say, be careful what you wish for. I would add: When you use words wisely, you can better formulate your wishes. Words become reality. This guy still has a chance to wish for happiness and to do it right this time.

Back to Isaac Azimov’s predictions for 2014, the year this book you are currently reading was written:

“Indeed, the most somber speculation I can make about A.D. 2014 is that in a society of enforced leisure, the most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work!”

Is work one of your favorite words? If it is, here’s your quick way out of boredom right there. Work!

 

 

 

The Project

 
Let me introduce you a project that my team and I have built specifically for the support of the Favorite Words method. We wanted to give you a powerful tool that will automate most of the things related to this method and remain free for everyone. It’s a website, an application and a social platform all-in-one. And we’ve got a perfect name for it:

FavoriteWords.com

This project is a facilitator and storekeeper for your favorite words. It connects people with words. FavoriteWords.com offers a fun and safe way to take all those words that you like for whatever reason and put them on a list, which you can access, manage, tag, share, reorder, and edit anytime and from anywhere.

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Favorite Words

Play and Work with the Words You Love

Do you ever think something along these lines? “Wow, I haven’t heard that word lately. I like it, I like it! I must write that down!” But as you fumble for a pen and some paper, a sudden distraction cuts through that moment of reverie and the word is lost. Or have you jotted down these precious words on scratch paper and promptly lost the list, never to find it again? Do you know where your favorite words are right now?

Imagine having a whole list of these words at your fingertips. Instead of relying on memory or randomly spotting them in some reading material or a casual conversation, you can look any of these words up on the same list that you can access anytime. That’s what FavoriteWords.com is about. It lets you make a list of your own favorite words you can access whenever you want.

It happens where sometimes you meet a word you really love and you even write it somewhere, and then before you know it, you don’t remember that word or even where you put it. That’s why you need a secure place to store all those bon mots, as they are called in French. FavoriteWords.com will help you remember them. Your list won’t get lost or disappear. It’s always there whenever you want it. Plus, it’s completely confidential so you’ll never have to worry about other people peeking into your private list unless you decide to make it public.

Even if this was a novel idea to you and you never even thought about which words were your favorites, much less about collecting them, FavoriteWords.com will still get you curious about diving into this process.

So, whether you’re an old pro at making word lists or it’s something new you’d like to try, at FavoriteWords.com we’ll help you keep track of your most-prized words. You’ll add, edit, delete, and reorder your favorite words any way you like. You can make a single word invisible to everyone and to the system; you can make invisible any number of words or your entire profile. You can move your most favorite words to the top words list and you can unlike any word by moving it to the list of deleted words. (You can keep storing them or completely delete by emptying the deleted words list.) You can add a tag to any word to know why it’s in your list. You can also add notes to your words so you can remember. The notes can be public or private.

You can also play a Favorite Words Game by buying and selling words, collecting wordollars, and competing for a top place at “Worbes List.”

Your favorite words will always be waiting for you, right at FavoriteWords.com.

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Like-Minded People

Find People like You, Meet New Friends

Favorite Words project was designed for individuals willing to find and connect with like-minded people and at the same time improve themselves with the use of favorite words. It is for people from all walks of life and a broad age range. It’s for you.

Aside from acting as a sort of a diary, a creativity booster, or a mood-lifter, it also acts as a social coach of sorts. It allows you to find people like you. The app looks for people who have words in common with you, hence the connection isn’t just random like on most other social sites. In other words, you’ll be meeting people with whom you’ve got a lot in common.

The system will constantly suggest people who have at least one word in common with you. You can instantly send friend requests to suggested people and should they accept, become friends with them. You can also search for people by any keyword that is met among their words or in their profile and send friend requests to them if you have at least one common word. (Hint: if you have no words in common but still want to become friends, just choose any word from their list, add it to yours, and then request friendship.) You can send private messages to your friends and your entire conversation history is stored within the same window for your convenience. You can also conveniently invite your outside friends and relatives to the site and see how much you have in common with them. Plus, there are various word-games on the site you can play alone or with your friends. And there are widgets as well: news, weather, search, time and date, bookmarking, etc.

It is obvious that words connect people. We mostly communicate with words, so the idea of finding like-minded people through their commonly chosen words makes perfect sense. It is very likely that people with common favorite words are somewhat alike. The more words they have in common, the more alike they are in that they have similar interests, preferences, and tastes. These people have close intellectual and spiritual levels, too. Connecting to people like you is easier than ever thanks to FavoriteWords.com.

It’s not accidental that you like certain words more than others – your favorite words actually describe you. Our own experiment showed that people favoring same words are more likely to have more things in common:

We have conducted our own email research where we have received over seven hundred responses of people listing their three favorite words and a reason per each word. By the way, I want to thank everyone who was kind enough to participate in this research. I have included many interesting responses in the appendix of this book. Those people who had all three words in common (sixteen people) and sixteen more people with completely diverse choices all were asked to take these two personality tests:
http://www.3smartcubes.com/pages/tests/fivefactor/fivefactor_questions.asp
http://www.3smartcubes.com/pages/tests/3sc_ultimate_edition/3sc_ultimate_edition_instructions.asp

After analyzing the results, it turned out that people with identical common words had much closer results than those with diverse words.

The FavoriteWords.com application is aiming at proving this fact but on a much larger scale.

Someone, somewhere on this planet, in another country or living next door, has chosen identical words to yours. How much do you think you have in common with that person? It would most likely be a lot. At FavoriteWords.com, you’ll be able to connect with people similar to you. It can be one of the best ways to find soul-mates, friends, business partners, creative teams, you name it. It’s a new step in social networking.

This project is for everyone: Celebrities and ordinary people all have their own favorite words. If you ask people about their favorite words, they’ll answer with a few words right away without much thought. People love sharing their favorite words and explaining why they like them. James Lipton, the host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” an American television show airing on Bravo, asks about a favorite word from all his celebrity guests. Lewis Burke Frumkes devoted his entire book “Favorite Words of Famous People” (Delacorte Press, NY, 1995) asking famous people what their favorite words were and why. Vick Knight did the same with his book “My Word!” (Aristan Press, Canyon Lake, CA, 1996.) A great number of famous people have their own favorite words they love to share and even explain why they love their words. One of this books appendices includes a big list of favorite words of celebrities.

The need for finding like-minded people is there. People want to socialize with those alike simply because they’ll understand each other better and will find a lot of things in common, allowing for a fulfilling social experience. It is easier to choose a few favorite words than fill out long questionnaires.

FavoriteWords.com allows you to access people who are driven with exactly the same forces that drive you. You can connect to people like YOU.

If you are not into socializing at all, that’s also an option at FavoriteWords.com. You can quickly set your profile to private or friends-only and thus either just stay with yourself there or only socialize with your close friends.

The members of Favorite Words are positive people because they focus on something they like instead of complaining, or concentrating on negative things in their daily lives. You are in a good company. You surround yourself with positive people. You spend more time with people who are supportive, energetic, interesting, and again, positive. Unlike negative people, optimists will encourage you to be active and live a joyful life. It is essential to socialize with the right people. You are who your friends are. If you are among successful people, you simply can’t be unsuccessful. If you are among losers, there is no way you’ll start winning. It’s your choice who to be and it depends on you to choose. Find and choose great people at FavoriteWords.com.

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World of the Word

Put It All Together, Create Your Own Worlds

So, you have found a lot of like-minded people. Now what? You could simply socialize with them, private message each other, share things like you would do on many other sites, but we’ve decided to take it one step further.

Authors of books can create whole worlds just with words. And what they create can touch the bottoms of our hearts. Their words can make us smile or cry, even if none of what was written in the book took place in reality. Words create emotions. Words create worlds. And you can too. At FavoriteWords.com, you can get additional information related to each of your favorite words: meanings, wiki entries, news, books, videos, and more – all on the same page. This will help you filter the endless stream of daily information into only the most relevant and interesting items. All you need to do is to click a magnifier-icon below any word and the “World of the Word” will open to you instantly.

Together with other people who love the same words, you can edit things, add your own thoughts, ideas, other stuff, and save it to create a world of any word.

Behind every word there is a whole world. A world created by your mind being unique to you and your life.

Let’s take the word “animal,” for example. People will probably imagine and think of different animals. Some might even call some humans by that word. One word can have different meaning for every person. The word “apple” means both a fruit and a tech company; “cookies” could be desserts or web-browser cookies. Apple uses cookies on their website to collect data about its users; cookies contain apples or can be shaped as apples.

Why do people have favorite words? Some people like what the word means (Chocolate.) Others like the sound of the word (Rococo.) Still others are proud of having learned a difficult word (Ambidexterity.) Why do you like some words better than others? You can share that at FavoriteWords.com and thus help us build a huge database of reasons why the world’s best words are loved. Social media experts agree that collaborative work and co-creativity will play the most important roles in future social networking. We are already building it at FavoriteWords.com.

The World of the Word pages (we call them WoW) contain people’s notes. The notes are the reasons why people like that word, their own definitions, thoughts, and ideas.

It is possible to know the changes in society by simply conducting research on the top ten favorite words of different groups (geographical, social, gender-based, age-based, professional, race-based, organizational, educational, etc.) Current trends are thus illustrated. You can then compare them against things past to see what or how values have changed.

An acclaimed creativity expert and author, Michael Michalko, suggests that: “A person’s favorite words may go a long way in revealing his or her changing lifestyle, values, beliefs and changing needs. The words may also suggest how people are reacting to the challenges of the present and the future.”

We are currently building a collaborative filtering system at FavoriteWords.com. Our system will make recommendations to you based on the choices of users sharing the same favorite words with you. What they love might be something you’ll love too: movies, books, sites, songs, goods, services, activities, places, people, etc. Collaborative filtering is a process of filtering for information or patterns using techniques involving collaboration among multiple agents, viewpoints, data sources, etc. The words “Customers who bought this also bought” are cues of social proof. This is a very well known persuasive principle of social psychology. Offers that are accompanied by a social proof message will be more effective than those with a merely neutral message (“You could also try”.) In other words, and as stated in Wikipedia: if a person A has the same opinion as a person B on an issue, A is more likely to have B’s opinion on a different issue x than to have the opinion on x of a person chosen randomly. This is what we are working on at FavoriteWords.com.

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Competition

Who We Compete With and How We Can Beat Them

Social networks are not new anymore. They are here to stay, but people want them to be better, more sophisticated, and dedicated to something. And most of all, people want them to be useful. Social networks can’t be time-wasters. They need to bring an additional value.

Favorite Words is useful for its members and advertisers, and it does bring additional value. For a member, it is a self-improvement tool that works, is easy to use, and serves as a simple way to meet like-minded people from around the world. Plus, it offers ads that are always relevant to what members already like. For an advertiser, it is an affordable solution with a potentially high return on investment. When people see ads relevant to their favorite words, they are more likely to click and convert into customers than they are on other social sites.

There is no direct competitor for Favorite Words because it’s a unique idea that is taking a new space, but there are a number of indirect competitors. They include self-improvement apps and sites, social networks, dating sites, naming/branding services, professional orientation companies, psychological help entities, different types of social games and word games, and online or mobile advertising agencies. None of them can compete directly with Favorite Words because they lack a number of features that it has to offer.

Social networks are overcrowded by strangers and unwanted friends and have some serious privacy concerns; FavoriteWords.com, on the other hand, lets you meet only like-minded people and doesn’t require any personal details. Self-improvement sites are complex and take time; FavoriteWords.com is fast and easy to use. Dating sites make you fill in long questionnaires and profiles, plus there is a lot of scam there; FavoriteWords.com is a no-brainer while matching results can be as great. Advertising networks offer expensive ads or they are not effective; FavoriteWords.com offers high conversion rates at low costs. Ads are always relevant to people’s interests because they are based on their personal favorite words.

Favorite Words positions itself as a unique and easy-to-use tool for self-improvement as well as an original social network that connects you to only like-minded people. It is also a one-stop portal for people to dive into their own worlds and get everything related to their words aggregated from the Internet. The project grows into a number of other directions and plans to become a huge Internet portal down the road.

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Future Plans

See Yourself as Part of Our Project

The top priority of FavoriteWords.com is to help people improve in a simple yet efficient way. By doing so, we plan to become a popular website and mobile application. It is good for society, and it also helps people understand themselves better, heal themselves naturally, and find their matches for life, friendship, or business, all by spending a great time on the cool site. We believe in bringing value to society, and we want to do so in a clear, honest, and convenient way.

The simplicity of the concept plus the elegant implementation is the formula that gives the project a chance to become very popular. We plan to be available in all popular world languages and on all popular devices, add tons of new features and enhancements, and eventually reach millions of active members in a few years.

If you see yourself helping us reaching our ambitious goals, you are welcome to offer your support. We need more developers and creative talent, marketers and investors. You can even join forces with us to participate in brainstorming and discussing ideas for Favorite Words.

We do have certain requirements for our team. We are actively searching for people possessing web development, server administration, and writing and marketing skills. We also seek enthusiasts with connections (influencers, celebrities, big community owners), and financial prowess. To join us, please send a short introduction explaining what exactly you can help us with and why we should include you on the board. Not just anyone can invest into Favorite Words though. We need to know your background, your financial situation, why you are interested, and your business philosophy. We only want like-minded people on board. (Yes, we do need to have common favorite words with you.) Send us your details along with your investor inquiry. Most of all, we need more members, people who will benefit from our application and the method. So, everyone is welcome to sign up at FavoriteWords.com and enjoy it.

Take time to get to know yourself better, to be yourself better, and to meet people with whom you have a lot in common. Make your own list of favorite words with FavoriteWords.com. It’s all free, so it’s definitely worth a try.

 
 

 

Conclusion

Final Words

“A word is dead when it’s been said, some say.
I say it just begins to live that day.”
Emily Dickinson

Now you know it all about favorite words. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this book and I really hope it will help you improve your life. Maybe you’ve already started this exciting journey. Don’t forget, favorite words can work miracles! Keep enriching your list and play with your words as often as you can. Making a list of your favorite words is an enjoyable and enlightening exercise. Your life will never be the same again. You will love the results.

Sometimes, people ask me how I manage to be so happy; full of positive energy and leading a successful life. I tell them about my favorite words method and how it helps me. I’ve worked with my list of favorite words for many years now. When I feel bored or moody, I open it up, go through my list of words, stop by each and think about it, and my mood improves – I am not bored anymore. I usually get some inspiration to do something awesome. My words prompt me. Or when I am stuck and need some answers about my life or my future, I again open my list of favorite words and look at them with a new angle: Why do I like this word or that one? What does it tell about me? What direction should I take next in my life? I get the answers I need. Once I explain to people how it works, they become excited and tell me it’s brilliant. Sometimes, when I see them later and ask if they started collecting their favorite words, it turns out they hadn’t. It is even possible they might never. And I suppose I know the reason behind that. It’s a bit too simple for them. People think that to solve complex problems, they need complex solutions.

I offered you a very simple solution in this book, an easy method that can solve a number of significant and complex tasks. Just collect the words you like and use them for different purposes. It’s simple, right? Surprisingly, while a lot of people agree it’s simple, they love it, and they want to try it, these same people never actually do anything. I really hope you are not going to be one of them. And to make sure you will actually just start it, here is an ancient story that explains everything:

A man wanted to reach enlightenment and came onto the street of Great Masters for advice. He entered into First Master’s house and asked his question. The Master said: “Oh, it’s simple. You should go home, sit in front of a mirror and ask yourself one question: Who am I? Do it for half an hour every day and you’ll reach the enlightenment very soon.”
– “Is that it?” asked the man. He was surprised.
– “Yes, it’s that simple,” responded the Master. “But if you want to get another answer, there are other Masters living on this street.”
The man went to another house with his question. The Second Master said, “Oh, it’s hard. It will take a lot of time and a lot of work to be enlightened. In order to reach it, you’ll need to study from me for 5 years, every single day. You’ll need to work hard in my garden and make sure all the flowers are blooming and the grass is always green, you need to keep the horses clean, fed, and healthy, and you need to take all of my orders and follow them silently. If you fail with any of that, you’ll have to start over.”
It took the man more than 10 years to finally complete that hard and painful process but he did it. However, he didn’t feel that he had reached the enlightenment yet, so he asked his Master when it would finally happen. The Master said that he would need to go home, sit in front of a mirror and ask one question: Who am I? If he does that for half an hour every day, he would reach the enlightenment.
– “Wait a minute! That’s exactly what the First Master told me 10 years ago!” the man burst.
– “He was right,” calmly answered the Master. “But I guess it was too simple for you and since you needed a more difficult solution, I gave it to you.”

So, what do you think about trying a simple solution now?

You have the knowledge of what to do and how to do it, you have a great free tool at FavoriteWords.com that you can use anytime and from anywhere. All you need now is to carry on this joyful process and enjoy the outcome. It’s simple!

Just think about it. It is indeed plain and simple. Let’s consider some examples. What do you need to do to lose weight? Everyone knows that. Eat less, exercise more. Why then, are there so many overweight people? Now, what do you need to do to stop smoking if you understand that it harms your health? Well, just don’t smoke, that’s obvious. Why then, do people keep suffering from this bad habit? Or maybe you want to be rich? Well, start a business that solves real problems, do it well, and you’ll be rich – it’s simple. Why then, are there so few rich people out there? There is one answer to all these questions: Because people don’t want simple solutions, they think it’s harder than that. People who want to lose weight learn all about possible diets and plastic surgeries. They read books and watch TV programs. Those who want to be rich go to trainings and seminars about business, visit dedicated websites, learn and think… and yet, they don’t do anything. Same applies to people willing to stay healthy, learn languages, travel, get rid of bad habits, find love, and succeed at work. They all are looking for the answer to how they can make it happen. Though all they need to do is… well, do.

Often people struggle getting started: exercise more, eat less, work better, stop smoking, or learn new stuff… How to actually start doing it without any more procrastination? Don’t be lazy, don’t think it isn’t worth it, don’t call it silly, don’t think it wouldn’t work – do it, it’s easy. At the end of the day, you will only get results when you actually start doing something. So, simply DO IT.

When it comes to Favorite Words, it won’t take too much of your time or energy, a few minutes a day, that’s all. The secret is this: you just need to keep doing this. You do it, you get the desired results, you don’t do it, you don’t get the results. Make sense?

Favorite Words is really as simple as it gets, yet the experience it brings is simply beyond compare.

So, here you go. Don’t wait, a journey of a thousand miles to happiness, success, inspiration, and good spirit starts with a first step. Now, make that step and favorite words will help you all the way through, they will make it happen for you.

See you at FavoriteWords.com – the place to keep and manage your favorite words and to find like-minded people who share the same words.

 

THANK YOU!

 

Sincerely,
Shavkat Karimov
Founder of Favorite Words

 

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About the Author

 

Favorite Words was created by Shavkat Karimov, a serial web entrepreneur with a number of successful online projects and over 10 years in online marketing, SEO, buying and selling websites, writing, and filmmaking.

Although Shavkat earned degrees in International Law and in Film Directing and went on to create an award-winning shorts series and wrote a book about it, he recognized early on the entrepreneurial potential of the web and proceeded to build up a successful business powered by a network of many websites.

While Shavkat is one of the few to have developed a successful net enterprise, he has so far resisted pleas to brand himself as an Internet guru and develop a cult following, because, unlike many self-proclaimed gurus, he doesn’t need to make money by teaching how to make money.

When he is not snapping up websites or brainstorming strategic plans for new projects, Shavkat likes to keep his skills sharp by researching new technologies and developments in the fields of psychology, marketing, and social media.

Originally from Uzbekistan, Shavkat is fluent in Russian and Uzbek. English is his second language, a third one really. Shavkat was granted an American green card as an “Extraordinary Alien” by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. He divides his time between world traveling and residing in Bellevue, WA. Shavkat is married to his beautiful wife who provides him with much of the spiritual energy to manage his numerous projects and inspiration for new ideas. He is blessed to have wonderful parents and a great brother who have supported him throughout his entire life. He likes spending time and keeping in touch with his closest friends and relatives.

Shavkat loves fresh ideas, exciting games, interesting people, and funny things. His top favorite words are: Love, Fresh, Words, Lucky, Infinity, Fair, Startup, Interesting, Yes, Today, Favorite, Dream, Table Tennis, Ideas, and Freedom.

 

 

My Own Favorite Words:

 

Luck

I consider myself lucky. That’s why luck is my favorite word. There is something important I want to share with you regarding luck. Why do lucky accidents seem to happen to some people and not to others? Did you know that you do make your own luck and there is a scientific proof for that?

Luck is everywhere, opportunity knocks at all doors. Some people notice when luck smiles on them, and some people miss it. That’s the secret. Luck might be out of your control but since it’s everywhere, all you need to have is the wisdom to spot the opportunity and act on it.

The psychologist, Richard Wiseman, has spent years researching luck, culminating in his book, “The Luck Factor” (Publisher: Miramax, 2004.) He wanted to find out why some people seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Wiseman found that they were not luckier — just quicker to spot and seize opportunities. In one experiment, he asked people to read a newspaper and tell him how many photographs were inside. He had secretly placed a message halfway through the newspaper that read “Stop counting — there are 43 photographs in this newspaper”.

– “It was staring everyone in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people spotted it,” says Wiseman.

Why is this? “Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. Lucky people, on the other hand, are more relaxed and open, which means they see what is there.”

Before, I was an introvert and had to push myself to the limit to become more active. I learned how to look outside as much as inside, and things have changed quite a bit for me. Noticing much more than I did before, brought so many new opportunities into my life, it inspired me to become a real extravert. Though it’s not really in my nature, how can I complain? When you train yourself to pay more attention to everything and everyone around, you simply become more powerful.

Luck smiles on people who try new things instead of worrying about what could go wrong. If you want to be lucky just be more attentive to what life throws at you, and try to notice as much around you as possible, as often as possible. Don’t be afraid of failure; be more open. Go out there, the more people you are in touch with the more chance encounters you are likely to have. Try new things and luck will become one of your favorite words as well… because you’ll be lucky!

~

Smile

I really love when people smile. I especially like when women smile. A research conducted by Orbit Complete revealed that 69% of people find women who smile more attractive than women who wear makeup. Smiling is a sign of good intention, joy, acceptance, and happiness. Smile is the most beautiful expression. Smiles are contagious. In one Swedish study, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

We smile when we feel good but this connection goes both ways: we feel good when we smile.

I’ve heard this story about one village in the Uzbek mountains where people don’t get sick. They help others heal their diseases. A reporter visited to find out their secret. It was a long journey, but eventually with a group of other seekers, he reached the village. He saw some people leaving the village. All of them were smiling and it made him wonder even more. Once he settled in, the first thing he was asked to do by a local person was to bring some water from a spring located far from the village. With one interesting condition: throughout all the way there and back, he had to smile. So, the newcomers went for water and had to have idiotic smiles on their faces despite being tired after a long journey, carrying heavy buckets, and wishing to finally eat and to sleep. But they made it and were allowed to stay in the village for the next 40 days, after which they were promised healing. The deal was they had to smile all day, every day. They were working in the village like everybody else, growing plants, breeding cattle, bringing water, and doing everything they were told to do. Of course endless smiling was hard in the beginning. Gradually though, it became natural expression and wasn’t so hard. With each new day, their spirits and bodies felt better; their stress and problems were gone. They enjoyed everything they did. In the end of his adventure, the curious reporter had his years-long spinal ache issue cured. Other people got their health problems gone too. When they thanked the village people and left the place, they met other pilgrims heading to the village. The reporter noticed how unhappy those faces were. He then understood that smile was the only thing that made the difference. Smile heals.

Smile boosts your immune system and improves your physical condition overall. Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile. It becomes more relaxed even when you force the smile, which contributes to good health. You release stress and feel better.

Please, smile!

~

Ideas

I love ideas, I am all about them! I can create ideas day and night. I even run a list of all imaginable idea-generation techniques and have a website called Ideadom, which will one day be a central place for ideas with crowdsourcing, automated tools, and more. Ideas make our lives better; they shape the course of history and drive progress. Ideas are the core elements of the air I breathe.

~

Mood

I like the word mood and I know a lot of great ways to improve it. I would like to give you some nice ideas that are worth sharing.

Of course, the best way to improve your mood is by playing with your favorite words. All the aforementioned ideas can be coded with your favorite words as well. For example, you can eat something you really love and that will make you happy for some time and thus improve your mood. Is it chocolate that you like? Pizza, maybe? Pineapple? Anything else? Add your favorite food to your list of favorite words and get back to them whenever you feel like improving your mood.

So, what else helps with feeling better? Here you go: massage; sauna; swimming; making yourself a gift; vacation; party; dreaming; sleeping; Internet; meeting a friend; a gift to someone you love; shopping; visiting a beauty salon; drinking tea with family; dining at a nice restaurant; walking; running; dancing; shaping/fitness/gym; yoga; playing a game (table tennis, monopoly, chess, video game, soccer, basketball; racing; kokology); smiling; laughing; flirting; making love, hugging, kisses; watching a movie; reading a book; listening to music; looking through photo-albums; trying on clothes; modeling/photography; flowers; playing with a pet; spending time with your kids; doing something new and completely unusual; outdoors & nature (woods, beach, park, mountains, river, ocean); cleaning a house; creativity, arts & crafts; your hobby; helping others; and visiting favoritewords.com – there is a lot of fun out there, after all.

~

Kokology

One of the most entertaining social games is Kokology. It’s a series of self-discovery quizzes created by Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito (Japanese bestselling authors.) It can be played on your own, within a couple, or in a group. Besides being quite accurate, especially if you sharpen your skills interpreting people’s answers, Kokology is a lot of fun. I really mean a lot. There wasn’t a single person who I ran a Kokology session with who didn’t like it. There is only one warning: these tests can reveal a lot of information about someone who might otherwise prefer to be kept private, so I’d suggest playing Kokology only with people who can be open with each other.

I really love Kokology!

~

Faith

Faith starts where knowledge ends. Faith makes the impossible possible. Faith is what makes a human succeed in anything.

I want to share this beautiful parable with you to better show what faith is about:

A drought continued for what seemed like an eternity. A small community of farmers had no idea what to do as rain was vital to keep their crops healthy and sustain their lives. So, they went to a local priest and asked him to pray for the rain. Thye had faith God would help them. Many concerned people arrived at the church and the priest greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting, he noticed the people were chatting across the aisles about their mutual situation and socializing with friends. His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet and it was then he noticed a young girl sitting in the front row, her face beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. It made the priest smile as he realized how much faith the girl possessed. No one else in the congregation brought an umbrella. All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.

Do YOU have faith?

~

Table Tennis

I love playing table tennis, aka, ping-pong. By the way, ping-pong is a trademarked term that became increasingly used in the generic sense to describe table tennis. Same thing happened to other trademarked words “escalator” or “linoleum” that we know as generic words. That’s why professionally and commercially, “table tennis” is the preferred term. Because Chinese players are usually best in the world and in most clubs around the world, including most US clubs, many people assume ping-pong is a Chinese word. Well, it’s not. It comes from English and it’s just an interpretation of the sound of paddles striking a ball. The game was created in England during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlor game.

Table tennis is quite popular as an activity, but not as a sport. It’s not as impressive to watch as tennis or soccer, which explains why it lacks spectators, fans and money. Meanwhile, about 19 million Americans play it for recreation, and it’s even more popular in Asia and Europe. Overall, there could be around 100 million people ages from 5 to 85 occasionally playing table tennis around the world. Over 10 million professional players compete in sanctioned tournaments each year. The popularity increases in America and in the world due to easy accessibility of table tennis and a number of its other advantages.

Do you know why people are beating time with fingers when they are nervous? Well, a good explanation is that our mind is reminding itself of the safest worries-free time of all – in utero. The only thing you heard distinctively was your mother’s heartbeat. Finger tapping does ease stressful situations, especially when waiting. Table tennis offers that beat (ping, pong, ping, pong…) and I have a suspicion it’s one of the reasons for its popularity. Other reasons are its simplicity, fun factor, and availability. Table tennis is like martial arts, boxing and chess combined, multiplied by extreme speed. It is one of the safest sports out there and at the same time it’s incredibly competitive. It’s also good for your heart and for your sight. I encourage everyone to play table tennis, it’s just awesome!

~

Now

What if someone was putting over $80K in your bank account every day? What would you do what that much money? Would you try to usefully spend as much as possible knowing that the next day the account’s balance will be cleared? I bet you would. Well, guess what, you do have that much wealth at your disposal and it does fill up daily. They say that time is money. It would be fair to say that money is time. You get exactly 86,400 seconds every single day of your life that you are free to spend as you wish. But most of us don’t spend our time wisely; we waste a lot of time on things that aren’t important or sometimes even harmful to us. We procrastinate a lot. We should spend every second usefully and enjoy it.

In his book, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” (Publisher: Penguin Books, 2002), David Allen writes:

“The fact that you can’t remember an agreement you made with yourself doesn’t mean that you’re not holding yourself liable for it. Ask any psychologist how much of a sense of past and future that part of your psyche has, the part that was storing the list you dumped: zero. It’s all present tense in there. That means that as soon as you tell yourself that you should do something, if you file it only in your short-term memory, there’s a part of you that thinks you should be doing it all the time. And that means that as soon as you’ve given yourself two things to do, and filed them only in your head, you’ve created instant and automatic stress and failure, because you can’t do them both at the same time.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got some storage area at home—maybe a garage that you told yourself a while back (maybe even six years ago!) you ought to clean and organize. If so, there’s a part of you that likely thinks you should’ve been cleaning your garage twenty-four hours a day for the past six years! No wonder people are so tired! And have you heard that little voice inside your own mental committee every time you walk by your garage? “Why are we walking by the garage?! Aren’t we supposed to be cleaning it!?” Because you can’t stand that whining, nagging part of yourself, you never even go in the garage anymore if you can help it.”

Successful people solve problems whenever they can without procrastination. Follow their lead, solve it now. Anything that is still waiting for your attention can be solved right away. Take care of it right this second. There is no past or future here, there is only NOW!

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

Most Popular Favorite Words

 

To help you further in finding more favorite words for your list, I’ll provide you with various research and studies on most favorite words including my own research.

A survey in Japan conducted by professor Takeshi Sato of Hitotsubashi University, which was financed by Japan’s Information and Cultural Research Society, surveyed a cross-section of Japanese society and revealed that Japan’s most favorite word is “EFFORT” and current top ten words are:

  1. Effort
  2. Sincerity
  3. Freedom
  4. Peace
  5. Love
  6. Thoughtfulness
  7. Trust
  8. Thanks
  9. Health
  10. Dreams

The words, according to Sato, seem to reflect a changing national work-ethic. Words like freedom appeared for the first time, which may indicate that workers are starting to chafe at the structure of Japan’s corporate society. Also, differences in answers between young people and older people show a distinctive shift in values and beliefs. People in their twenties ranked “freedom” as the top word, while those who were forty or older ranked “effort” on top with “freedom” far behind. The word “health” also appeared for the first time in Sato’s research and reflects a growing concern held by the aging portion of the population.

As an experiment, Michael Michalko, the author of “Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques” (Publisher: Ten Speed Press, 2006), decided to mimic the Japanese survey. In a period of two years, he asked friends, family, acquaintances, business associates and participants in his seminars and think tanks to freely list, in order of importance, their top ten favorite words that in some way represented their life. 150 people participated. “PEACE” was chosen to be at the top. Here is the result which represents the average of their responses:

  1. Peace
  2. Equality
  3. Security
  4. Prosperity
  5. Love
  6. Fun
  7. Compensation
  8. Acknowledgement
  9. Freedom
  10. Health

An administrator of a nursing home conducted a similar survey of fifty patients and the following list reflects the average of their top ten word responses, where “GOD” tops it all:

  1. God
  2. Faith
  3. Family
  4. Health
  5. Friends
  6. Thanks
  7. Giving
  8. Honesty
  9. Independence
  10. Sharing

A group of professional salespeople were asked to list their favorite words that describe their current values and beliefs about selling. The word “CUSTOMER” turned out to be most important. Here is the list, in order of importance, that the group agreed best typified their consensus:

  1. Customer
  2. Service
  3. Freedom
  4. Independent
  5. Problem-solving
  6. Dedication
  7. Knowledgeable
  8. Integrity
  9. Skills
  10. Motivation

In 1970, Yale University did a study of the most persuasive words in the English language. They claim that the most persuasive word is “YOU”:

  1. You
  2. Money
  3. Save
  4. New
  5. Result
  6. Health
  7. Easy
  8. Safety
  9. Love
  10. Discovery
  11. Proven
  12. Guaranteed

Surveying more than 7,000 English speakers in 46 countries, the British Council decided on “MOTHER” — an unglamorous word, yet one that conveys comfort and the deepness of human relationships. Some 35,000 other people registered their favorites in an online poll run in the non-English speaking countries where the council operates, so here are the top seventy chosen words:

  1. Mother
  2. Passion
  3. Smile
  4. Love
  5. Eternity
  6. Fantastic
  7. Destiny
  8. Freedom
  9. Liberty
  10. Tranquillity
  11. Peace
  12. Blossom
  13. Sunshine
  14. Sweetheart
  15. Gorgeous
  16. Cherish
  17. Enthusiasm
  18. Hope
  19. Grace
  20. Rainbow
  21. Blue
  22. Sunflower
  23. Twinkle
  24. Serendipity
  25. Bliss
  26. Lullaby
  27. Sophisticated
  28. Renaissance
  29. Cute
  30. Cosy
  31. Butterfly
  32. Galaxy
  33. Hilarious
  34. Moment
  35. Extravaganza
  36. Aqua
  37. Sentiment
  38. Cosmopolitan
  39. Bubble
  40. Pumpkin
  41. Banana
  42. Lollipop
  43. If
  44. Bumblebee
  45. Giggle
  46. Paradox
  47. Delicacy
  48. Peekaboo
  49. Umbrella
  50. Kangaroo
  51. Flabbergasted
  52. Hippopotamus
  53. Gothic
  54. Coconut
  55. Smashing
  56. Whoops
  57. Tickle
  58. Loquacious
  59. Flip-flop
  60. Smithereens
  61. Oi
  62. Gazebo
  63. Hiccup
  64. Hodgepodge
  65. Shipshape
  66. Explosion
  67. Fuselage
  68. Zing
  69. Gum
  70. Hen night

American Heritage Word Frequency Book by John B. Carroll reports these most popular words:

  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. a
  5. to
  6. in
  7. is
  8. you
  9. that
  10. it
  11. he
  12. for
  13. was
  14. on
  15. are
  16. as
  17. with
  18. his
  19. they
  20. at
  21. be
  22. this
  23. from
  24. I
  25. have
  26. or
  27. by
  28. one
  29. had
  30. not
  31. but
  32. what
  33. all
  34. were
  35. when
  36. we
  37. there
  38. can
  39. an
  40. your
  41. which
  42. their
  43. said
  44. if
  45. do
  46. will
  47. each
  48. about
  49. how
  50. up
  51. out
  52. them
  53. then
  54. she
  55. many
  56. some
  57. so
  58. these
  59. would
  60. other
  61. into
  62. has
  63. more
  64. her
  65. two
  66. like
  67. him
  68. see
  69. time
  70. could
  71. no
  72. make
  73. than
  74. first
  75. been
  76. its
  77. who
  78. now
  79. people
  80. my
  81. made
  82. over
  83. did
  84. down
  85. only
  86. way
  87. find
  88. use
  89. may
  90. water
  91. long
  92. little
  93. very
  94. after
  95. words
  96. called
  97. just
  98. where
  99. most
  100. know

Here are the most popular words by the Guinness Book of World Records:

  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. to
  5. a
  6. in
  7. that
  8. is
  9. I
  10. it
  11. for
  12. as

Frequency Analysis of English Vocabulary and Grammar based on the LOB Corpus by Stig Johansson and Knut Hofland:

  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. to
  5. a
  6. in
  7. that
  8. is
  9. was
  10. it
  11. for
  12. he
  13. as
  14. with
  15. be
  16. on
  17. I
  18. his

Most popular words in the works of William Shakespeare:

  1. the
  2. and
  3. I
  4. to
  5. of
  6. a
  7. you
  8. my
  9. that
  10. in
  11. is
  12. not
  13. with
  14. as
  15. for
  16. it
  17. me
  18. his
  19. be
  20. he

And finally, here is a top one hundred most popular favorite words from the first two thousand members of FavoriteWords.com:

(Third column shows how many members have it in their list of favorite words among 2300 members)

  1. Love              317
  2. Music             96
  3. Family           82
  4. Happy           75
  5. Life                70
  6. Peace             70
  7. Nature           58
  8. Happiness     57
  9. Freedom       56
  10. Fun                55
  11. God                49
  12. Beautiful       48
  13. Awesome      47
  14. Travel           47
  15. Serendipity   47
  16. Passion         43
  17. Smile             41
  18. Art                 39
  19. Books            38
  20. Hope             38
  21. Money           36
  22. Beauty           35
  23. Friends         34
  24. Creativity      32
  25. Joy                 32
  26. Writing          31
  27. Lovely           29
  28. Rain               28
  29. Chocolate      28
  30. Friend           28
  31. Home            27
  32. Amazing        27
  33. Water            27
  34. Food              27
  35. Sex                 27
  36. Dream           26
  37. Trust             25
  38. Success         25
  39. Coffee            25
  40. Sweet            25
  41. Inspiration    24
  42. Design           24
  43. Nice               24
  44. Creative        24
  45. Sky                 23
  46. Knowledge   23
  47. Cool               23
  48. Truth             22
  49. Marketing     22
  50. Light              22
  51. Business       21
  52. Gratitude      21
  53. Faith              21
  54. Sun                21
  55. Dog                21
  56. Adventure    21
  57. Words           20
  58. Snow             20
  59. Dance            20
  60. Social Media20
  61. Cat                 20
  62. Friendship    19
  63. Education     19
  64. Wisdom        19
  65. Laughter       19
  66. Heart             19
  67. Reading         19
  68. Ocean            18
  69. Power           18
  70. Imagination  18
  71. Compassion  18
  72. Dreams         18
  73. Universe       18
  74. Serenity        18
  75. Beach            18
  76. Soul               18
  77. Petrichor      18
  78. Health           17
  79. Movies          17
  80. Respect         17
  81. Science          17
  82. History          17
  83. Jesus              17
  84. Kindness       17
  85. Funny            17
  86. Courage        17
  87. Work             17
  88. Technology  17
  89. Grace             17
  90. Space             16
  91. Sunset           16
  92. Integrity        16
  93. Wanderlust  16
  94. Energy          15
  95. Wow              15
  96. Children        15
  97. Sleep             15
  98. Book              15
  99. Future           15
  100. Sea                 15

All of the above most popular favorite words can be included in your list.

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

Three Most Favorite Words Research

 
When I started FavoriteWords.com, one of the first things I did was an email research to find out which top three words people choose to be their favorites and why. The research with over seven hundred active respondents had shown that “LOVE” was the most popular word. The members of the website had chosen the same word to be their most loved as well. The most interesting part was in explanation of reasons behind the favored words. Let me share with the most interesting words and the reasons. Here goes the public wisdom:

(all the feedback is kept as is with slight edits for better readership and appropriateness; listed in no particular order)

Anshuman:
1 concept (i sell it)
2 New (people always look for new solutions)
3 Money (i love to make it)

Frédérique S.:
My first word is love. The most important in the life. My second word is liberty…. the second thing what are important for me. And the third word will be respect……. why I think without respect is nothing to do in this life.

Ravi K.:
Petrichor – Because the word reminds me of the smell when it rains. Gives me a nice feeling
Sillage – Again makes me feel good when I read the word. A lingering feeling
Lethologica – So many go through this, yet very few know there is a word for what they feel

Eric O.:
Quagmire – I like how it sounds.
Bamboozle – it’s cool.
Squiggle – in most cases, it brings to mind a very clean item.

Becky B.:
1.). plunge ( very satisfying to say)
2.). Paparazzi (pretty word)
3.) Doofer (I use this word to indicate any inanimate object that I cannot think of the right word for at that particular moment – not sure if it actually a word, but I like it.

Abror S.:
1-repent
it is religious. and it should be done by everyone for sins s/he has done in the history.
2-prosperity
not everyday of my life is full of prosperity but i would like to see more days with it :). and i like how it is pronounced.
3-parents
parents are the people who are the reason for what you are today. they care you, feed you, clothe you and smile when you smile, cry when you cry. those people are the most respected people in the world.

Nitin T.:
1. Subtle: the meaning itself is like the pronunciation of the word.
2. Energize: star trek fan, also it meaning is the very essence of life.
3. Nirvana: a big fan of the band and also it’s meaning is the ultimate goal of life.

Liz:
Three of my favorite words are loquacious, statuesque, and repugnant.
I love these three words because they’re entertaining to say, they have a way of rolling off the tongue that’s very pleasing, and also because they’re great descriptive words.
When I hear the word loquacious it calls to my mind a colorful parrot jabbering away, probably because I associate the word with very outgoing and bright individuals as well as chatty people. The people I’d describe as loquacious are often very vibrant people.
To call someone statuesque is to beyond simple beauty. A person who is statuesque, to me, is not just beautiful but poised and regal. It brings to mind someone who is so elegant and striking that they deserve to be carved from marble.
And finally, repugnant, which is great word even if its meaning is ugly. It’s a word that makes your lip want to curl in disgust as you use it and just drips with disdain for whoever or whatever you’re using it against.

Aarushi S.:
LOVE : the very essence of our existence
MAA (MOTHER): I do not know why but this is a beautiful word for me
CHOCOLATE : I am a big foodie!

Adrian K.:
Righteous; because the occasion to use it is truly rare
Boom; because it’s fun to say
Fantastic; because it has potential for the future

Lindsay H.:
Really- because I’m always in disbelief at what ppl tell me or try to pass off as their own bullshit
Asinine- cuz there are some really stupid stuff out there and you can get away with calling it stupid if you use the fancy form of it
Idk or I don’t know- because my fiancé likes to ask questions and I just don’t know lol

Zhara H.:
1) ethereal – sounds fancy and delicate
2) naïve – I like those two dots over the i
3) disillusioned – I think it’s really lovely way of saying disappointed

Abby R.:
My three favorite words are as follows: “research,” “support,” and “loyalty.” I like them because (1) I, too, am a researcher; (2) one of my research interests is social support; and (3) I greatly value loyalty in my close and work relationships with others.

Aaron B.:
1.Live- because that’s what everybody wants to do
2. Love- because that’s genuinely what everybody wants to feel
3. Laugh- because that’s what makes life worth living for and to love and enjoy yourself

Hasti D.:
Life is awesome are my three favourite words because it brings a sense of optimism in me and makes me realise that inspite of all the hardships of my life my life is precious and I have to enjoy and cherish it to the fullest.

Nithesh P.:
Honest, Peace, Love
I want every one to be honest.
I always want to be in peace so that we can enjoy the life.
Love is the thing which can be share, it builds up an attachments much stronger than concert walls

Winnie F.:
1) Happiness => i believe that true success comes from or depends on how happy you are in your status in life
2) stress-free => a word so good to hear but too hard to reach/achieve.
3) friends

Abhijit C.:
1] believe (belief is very powerful)
2] appreciate (I believe in being grateful)
3] nature.

Ram K.:
My favourite words: Sapiophile, academe, bamboozle
Sapiophile because it is an invented word that best describes my sexual orientation; i.e. someone one who is immensely turned on by intelligence. Sapiosexual has also been used by some but I think Sapiophile would do nicely. Academe, because it is the universe that I live in and I love the origin of the word in the Plato’s Grove of Akademos.
Bamboozle for its onomatopoeic flow. It just oozes out of your mouth. And its widespread usage in India, especially in cricket commentary makes it one of my favourite words.

Harusha H.:
1) Awesome – Can be used in many context and nice complement to give and receive.
2) Hey – Can start many conversations
3) Ok – Can get you out of many bad situations

William T.:
Love- It signifies humility, care and belonging.
Hope- its gives optimism and endurance in life
Life- Because it is the experience of ups and downs. Life acts as the best teacher, Life is what you make it.

Rashmi A.:
1. Recommend – It is better than suggest as it indicates strength and experience
2. Love – I use it everyday to my little one
3. Thanks – Use it everyday to everyone. Cant live without it as help is needed all the time.

Wendy A.:
enchanting – I like the sound of the ch in the word and its meaning is delightful
sparkle – I imagine sparkle and it makes me smile – plus I like the sound of the word
bewitched – I like the thought of someone being under a spell or captured by charm and guile.

Chelsea O.:
Compassion – because I believe that is the only emotion that can not be faked.
Resilience – I think it’s important to be able to withstand the hardest of times.
Revenge – Because there needs to be a sense of fairness in this world.

Lisa H.:
Paris (wonderful memories from a trip there) Love (it connects everyone in the world) and truth (because that’s what we all seek).

Ajay D.:
Empathy-trying to be in some other person shoe.
Hallucination-the word itself gives that feel.
Wavelength-a word with many meaning.

Chikombe B.:
Love…thats what man needs In the end. Without it we are weak, we don’t feel whole. Love from friends, family,partner, or the supreme being the person belives in.
Happiness…thats what everybody wants. Many will say success in terms or financial stability, or a family. But if one is not happy in their journey to get those things or happy when they finally get them, what was the point?

Aditi G.:
1) wow – it expresses surprise, happiness and joy all together
2) Great! – it can be used to express so many different emotions…joy, encouragement…etc etc
3) positive – basically reminds me to have a positive attitude all the time.

Ade B.:
Its ‘well’- because in whatever situation I find myself; as soon as I
say this word, it gives me a kind of satisfaction knowingly that by God
grace it will always be well with my soul.
Make a ‘way’- This gives me reassurance that God will always provide for
my needs even when I don’t have enough.
I can do all ‘things’- In the middle of difficult with a heavy task
before me – Just say this because through Christ strengthen in me I can
do all thing with His divine power and grace for completion.

Nitesh C.:
1. credentials – not very easy to pronounce and leaves an impression on anyone who hears this.
2. sustainability – word sounds very official and corporate and given the fact that every industry, company, economy is looking for everything sustainable.
3. spiritual – Everyone in this stressful world is in search of peace and solace. End of life is spiritual and this is something which everyone wants but is lacking in most lives.

Zouheir A.:
- Knowledge because it’s a deadly friend
- Sincerity because it represent coherence between word and act
- Humour because it’s the most intelligent way to communicate

Aisha G.:
l love using Great to show appreciation for a task carried out successful.
l love using Wonderful to encouraged close associates.
l love using Thanks alot to show gratitude when favour are done to me.

Airene U.:
1. Discombobulating
-Simply because it is fun to say.
2. Immaculate
-I like this word because of its meaning.
3. Balloon.
-Again, like discombobulating, because it’s fun to say.

Winny H.:
- thank you
- sorry
- shopisticated
For the first two words are my favourite as it could changes everything. As for the third word I just simply like it.

Yvonne C.:
my three most favourite words are love, thank u and sorry. why i like the are(1) love= i want to show love to ppl n i want to be loved as well. (2) THANK U = it shows that you are appreciated n dt u also appreciate people’s gesture. (3) SORRY= It simply shows being humble and remorseful.

Cherry Q.:
LOVE- i want to love and be love. I’m a loving person
EXPLORE- i love adventure, i love interacting w/ people and i want to learn new things every now and then.
FREEDOM- to do all things i want and enjoy life as to what will came

Shirley P.:
Serendipity, because it invites good surprise
Gratitude, because it is the only attitude to live with.
Humor, because unless some have this they will be a bore.

Alex X.:
My top 3 words are growth, helpfulness, love.
For people, especially young ones. There is nothing more interesting than growing. It may be tough, may take away your time from hanging out with people. But it will eventually make you a better man.
Helpfulness. People may say the best thing in the world is to have a lot of money. Or travel to some places of interest and see the world. But nothing feels better than helping others in a way that you can make them better ones. You always know how much does your money worth, but we never know how invaluable your help could be. Coz it is always more than people coule imagine.
Love. I guess lots of people would say this word. And so do I. What is life if without love?

Ashley H.:
Imperfections ; Because it’s such a simple word, and every person alive has strived in the past to be absolutely perfect. This word is such a contradiction it just creates a sense of perfection.
Soliloquy ; It sounds like such an elegant word. It just rolls off your tongue. In reality the word is a monologue spoken to oneself and is usually truly elegant.
Inquiry ; I just think it’s a really pretty word(:

Priscilla M.:
Schadenfreude., ameliorate, ambiguous.. Not that these words are used every day, but they mean only one thing each.
Schadenfreude is taking satisfaction because someone is having a problem over something he/she/they did, and they deserved it!!
They took no steps to ameliorate the situation, just used ambiguous wording to get what they wanted. And they got caught.!

Marie A.:
Content- it is the desire of everyone on this earth.
Prayer- powerful and simple.
Passionate- this is a must to be happy.

Sophy:
“Takecare”- It MAYBE the last time we see someone.. So I use it in the end of every conversation..
“All is well”- Because I want things to be so..
“Cool”- I chant it like a mantra.. Staying cool in all situations is a must..

Andi H.:
My favourite words are
FLOWERS because they conjure feelings of beauty, love, peace and humanity.
ENVIRONMENT as it is the most essential and important aspect of our lives offering beauty, tranquility and inner satisfaction that I am doing my best to uphold the laws of nature.
SHARING being at one with nature is the ultimate in relaxation at the end of a hard days work if you call working on farms and with flowers hard work. It also incumbises the family where love exudes in the women in my life, my wife my daughters and my grand children.
SMALL as small as many of the flowers are that I work with they are still very significant in the web of life. Significant in my life and significant in their own small way. Often the beauty found in small things is more profound than the open simple beauty found in the larger organisms that surround me.
NATURE the all encumbising world to which we live is so powerful that I understand that we cannot control but simply are being dragged along by its all powering shifts against what we stand for in a material world.

Rose G.:
‘Fond’….. can express my general like or dislike without conveying too strong of an opinion.
‘Respect’…………..everything seems to tie back to that in one way or another.
‘Sure’….. a positive response that can keep any conversation/request short, light, and still show I am completely okay with it.

Sonny B.:
Conscience
I like this word because I think so much people don’t have any, and I think that probably if more people understood what it was (what the word really means) and really looked within themselves and listened then they might be happier with themselves and their decisions.
Lust
I like this word because it is clear, it is not as vague and interchangeable as love as well as when you say it people know what you mean. Hate is vague cause apparently people can have a “love/hate” relationship.
Unbridled
lol now maybe this kinda ties back to lust, but I think of words visually and when I think of unbridled I see an endless field that is open for you to do anything in be as messy and happy as you want in. It just sounds like fun anything unbridled is fun.

Veronica R.:
1. Beautiful – because for some reason the word alone makes me imagine a sunny bright fields and amazing scenery
2. Cherish – it makes me think about childhood memories
3. Harmony – I think about peace

Amy B.:
1) Clearly: attention getting, gives the impression I will say something important when perhaps I won’t, perhaps it will just be funny
2) No: It means the same thing in so many different languages
3) Preponderance: multi-syllabic and fun to say, but never used in general conversations

Sybil C.:
* Damn (very useful and when I said it, it’s not just a word. It’s a ‘force’ when I can let go of my bad energy)
* Love (it’s gotta be Love isn’t it as it’s probably the most powering word)
* Gentrified (I like this because it signifies change that often we don’t really want…but the word probably ‘romantised’ it)

Rhonda M.:
Sporadic – I prefer this alternative to ‘random’, and just like how it sounds.
Equanimity – the word itself gives me peace of mind; clarity.
Wistful – the word creates the very feeling upon hearing it.

Patsy L.:
Words: love, live and learn! I believe that’s what life is all about. Learn, love, and live!

Chloe D.:
amorphous- everyone is this way; I like to think that we’re not stagnant, and this reminds me of that
melancholy- strangely relaxing and peaceful, reminds me of warmth in a cold place
sublime- it doesn’t sound like what it means the first time you hear it, but after awhile you hear the meaning

Anirudh B.:
Excelsior: Because of Silver Linings Playbook
Exterminate: Because i am a Doctor Who fan
Grandiloquent: Because its an ironic word

Chartree L.:
1. Power
I mean the power of your mind. You can choose your destiny by the way you think.
2. Love
This world is worthwhile living because the love the we all shared.
3. Volvo
The car I drive

Natalia G.:
gullible, I like the sound of it
love, the meaning of it
reckon (I) I like the phrase, it´s elegant.

Sabri I.:
1) time – what it signifies is a huge mystery so i like it.
2) ghost – probably because of its phonetic quality, it sounds great.

Phyllis S.:
Discovery: opens worlds of excitement, portals to adventure and endless opportunity
Understanding: offers hope, knowledge, peace of mind
Hope: dreams of what may come, power to succeed, always possible

Nattida S.:
-Inspiration: With this word I have a dream and an effort to achieve things
-Conscience: This needs to be with us all the time so that we will not d any mistakes in our life as every steps of life is precious for me
-Success: I like to hear, to be and to dream of it.

Angel C.:
Mate – the idea is a beautiful thing.
War – can be used to make some epic books and adventures.
Marriage- a vow made before God to love and protect another.

Angeline A.:
Faith Hope and love are the top three words which make life worthliving . Hope in life , faith in youself and God and love all your friends and dear ones makes world a beautiful place to live in.

Steffanie T.:
Apparently- gives a possibility of error
Huh- delivers sound and emotion effect
Yupp or Nope

Sneha J.:
1) Hope- At times people have lots of hope with certain things they desire for or they AIM for, but when the results that they are expecting does not turn out to be as expected, they start loosing hope and gradually their interest and their effort start decreasing for the aimed thing. I believe that everything has its own time and people should not loose hope for it and keep putting the same effort or work much harder for it.
2) Believe- Believe in what you are doing. If you do not believe in your own work then no one is going to notice you or your work.
3) SUCCESS- Ultimately, everyone wants to be successful in their own fields. Putting together Hope and Believe.

Rebecca L.:
Brilliant- sounds nice and bright, also because its beyond intelligent.
Amazing- positive word used in many ways to submit exclamation on almost everything.
Love- used as an endearing name… “Hello Love. How are you?”

Angie B.:
1. Kid. It can be a nickname,a term of endearment,a shared joke, a kindly reminder of a shared “goatlike” tendency, something to remind you that there is more to learn and that youth is ever present,the wonderful feeling of looking out for or being looked out for. 2. Revere. It almost can express EVERY heartfelt, all encompassing emotion to the “nth” degree. Love,respect,appreciation,ardour,lust,obsession,wonderment,friendship, family, whatever YOU are so passionate about and can’t explain accurately. It’s so BIG:) 3. Understand. When you Know it is. …and absolutely anything ending in “iggy”.

Panchi M.:
“SORRY” &
“SMILE”
“Thanks”
can make everything back to normal again…!

Ali J.:
Cahoots, because it sounds funny. Sassafras, because it also sounds funny. And crwth, because its a legitimate word that doesn’t have a vowel

Tina H.:
Absence – Sometimes “being” is stressful, so “absence” helps me clear my head and relax.
Colour – I like working with colour; there are many different combinations, and no one sees them in exactly the same way.
Roll – It’s nice to write and say, and I like the action, too.

Ayushi S.:
1. CASTLE
it reminds me of all the stories which my grandma used to tell.
2. CASCADE
it has a dreamy sound to it
3. BUDDY
its the first word i spoke

Tawanyh L.:
1. Salutations- an unusual way to start a conversation! Try saying this as an intro on Omegle and the reactions you will get will also make this word a favorite for you haha
2. Pulchritudinous= when someone says “you are pulchritudinous”, that person can rest assure you are the first to give that compliment to the person. It is kind of my signature word.
3. Sedulous= I think this word is quite stylish! Makes me think of silk and waves and its meaning is also a good way to describe me.

Allen A.:
1. Flesh- I like the way it rolls off the tongue when you enunciate it
2. Indubitably- it’s just fun to say
3. Thank you. Because if this is the only word you know, you can still make it through life

Jess Q.:
My three favourite words are love, believe and positivity.
If you believe in yourself you can achieve anything you want. If you’re positive, you will attract all good things, and more things to be positive about. I like the word love because it’s a really powerful word and I think it’s beautiful.
I also like the word “gratitude” because if you’re thankful for what you have, you’ll receive more things to be grateful for

Sweet M.:
My first favorite word would have to be melancholy. Simply because it sounds so cheerful but its meaning is quite the opposite.
Second would be pompous because I enjoy using it to describe people!
Last is serendipity because I like the idea of it and it’s also a fun word to say.

Ankit G.:
1. Love: May be because i believe that we can win any battle with love.
2. Conscience: It stops us from doing wrong,hurting others.
3. Mother: My creator,reason of my existence.

Tanya J.:
1) Spellbound ( i have learnt this word just now, and i love to use it)
2) Seriously ( i use it after every 2 minutes so its kind of my
favourite word)
3) Perfect ( this word like its meaning is perfect and i want
everything to be the same, i use it often and its one of my favourites)

Mariola R.:
1. Strength – as my strength of character has seen me through the toughest times of my life
2. Determination – which is I know will help me to achieve my ultimate goals in life
3. Happiness – is a state of mind which one can only experience when everything else in life is in perfect order…

Ziyana O.:
1- Thank you to express my expression as thanks of giving me oppurtunity and reward myself accordingly.
2. I’m sorry to express my humbleness and my mistake of making people feel uncomfortable.
3. Hye to invite be friends with me.

Sachi T.:
1.Dynamic – be energized whatever may come & to lead a dynamic life.
2.Be Positive – a positive outlook on everything can change the entire thing & will make life better
3.what next – whatever happened can’t be change ( the past) ;only thing to be done is what required next

Mina H.:
Prayer, a request for help and expression of thanks to God,
inspire, a motivation and encouragement
and delight, a joy or happiness, respectively, despite and in spite the realities of life.

Sarah F.:
1. Electric – the word sounds exciting upbeat and full of energy.
2. Interesting – I enjoy this word because it is versatile it can be used to describe something positive or negative.
3. Whimsical – I like the way the word sounds as well as its meaning.

Shella B.:
discrepancy – because it’s more formal to use this word than the word difference
intricacy – i really like to pronounce this word.
change – because the only constant thing in this world is change

Sarika V.:
why- as it is a word that brings new beginings.
smile-a word that can cause love and havoc.
smart-is seen as good and bad depending on the context in which it is used

Ruchit D.:
ASTROPHYSICS PHYSICS SUCCESS …. these are my 3 words that i like the most …. i like the word ASTROPHYSICS because it is what i want to become ….it is my dream to become an ASTROPHYSICIST and i love the word PHYSICS because it is the only thing that i am practising,learning and knowing from my childhood . In simple words PHYSICS is what i am living for and its my only interest. the last one SUCCESS … i like it because the word itself is UNIQUE from others …. as u pronounce that word a POSITIVE THOUGHT starts running in ur mind .. u see that word and u get MOTIVATED …. and the last but not the least U CANT DEFINE SUCCESS …. it is existing on this planet i n my different forms and that is what i like about it.

Harish N.:
Rendezvous.. It sounds cool b’cas its french hence like the word
Chill.. The word i use most often wit my buddies
Astounded.. My fav expression

Zelda D.:
Heart…as I love working with people with a Heart
Determination …. never give up!! Be determined in what you do and only compete against yourself
Forgiveness – people will never move forward in life if the can’t foret as we all make mistakes and need to learn from tem but unfortunately with our mistakes we can harm others without the intention.

Ange S.:
1. Food (I like to learn new recipees n greatly attracted to the colors added on them)
2.Fashion (girls always like new updates on fashion world)
3.Health (I personally feel health is something that tops my list)

Shiv R.:
1.mo’m: because its the best word learn by me from my mother
2.feel it: because this words always gives me a courage to handle any situation
3.friends: jsut because i love my friends.

Sandeep G.:
1. ephemeral – I like this word because it seems to convey its meaning effectively, yet gently
2. benignity – This word reminds me of the teacher who taught me the word. She was the best English teacher I ever had
3. analogy – This one reminds me of a professor from my university who would help us understand many lessons by drawing “analogies” to our day-to-day lives

Gisore D.:
1. Determination
2. Perseverance
3. Persistence
They are what makes someone to move on in life, when in pursuit of a goal greater than his imagination.

Gary R.:
Cool – I often use it,
Good – I love this word
Awesome – I want to make things awesome.

Tamar K.:
My Favourite: Great! – ensures positive attitude; Thanks – ensures gratefulness; you – ensures care.
Commonly use: I, must/should and yes.

Chloe R.:
Happiness because I love the meaning of having no cares and just enjoying ur self
Climbing because I love to do it
Giraffe love how it is spelt with f because girraffes are very tall so are f I also love giraffes

Shan M.:
LONELINESS – FRIEND who never leaves
POVERTY – PERMANENT status which never leaves
ART – ENERGY DRINK which drives the day to day life

Jessie M.:
foxy- it can mean clever or attractive, both of which are complimentary in my opinion
tempestuous-it’s a stormy, passionate adjective
love-it’s my favorite emotion in all of its wonderful forms

Nebojsa Z.:
The first is fortwith. I have heard this while playing video games very often. Second word is challenge, because I love them. Third is wind, because when I think about random word, it’s the first one to come to my mind.

Shelley G.:
I love the word AWESOME. It can be used to describe things way out of my radar or thought processes, or my friends and I use it to tell them how I feel about them or their achievements, especially if they do something I have never been able to do, or when I personally experience something that made me feel so deeply. To me it also describes the positive feeling I have towards God, our Eternal Creator, and His son Jesus.
GINORMOUS. I really love this word because it uses two words smashed together and describes things that are larger than life. I really felt this perspective when I recently traveled to NYC. That area is literally Ginormous, there is no other “word” to describe it’s enormousness. (I don’t think that is technically a word)
LOVE. Covers it all doesn’t it? It is a verb, a noun, and adjective, an adverb, and tells of how my spirit and heart feel about things, people, places, and life. I am happy we have a word that somehow conveys how we feel deep inside our squishy selves, and others can somehow relate, even though they cannot know exactly what you are saying or feeling.

Amanda L.:
favorite words are forgiven, it brings me peace to know im forgiven by God , cross , its amazing to know Jesus Christ was hung on a cross cuz he loved us all , light, God brings so much light into the dark days.

Soha Z.:
Love, mercy, peace
Because their meanings are vanishing from our world, so I’m using them as much as I can to remind people they still exist, and we must use them.

Xiaobing:
free: it means you can do what you want within legal frame;
health: a healthy body and brain is the base of any other things;
family: i love my family soooo much.

Pascal E.:
1. Confidence
I Love this word because it always motivates me to look away from myself. This word infuses me with power.
2. Justification
This word constantly reminds me of how my Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins and resurrected for my Justification as seen in Romans 4:25
3. Action
This word is a fuel to my ideas. there many ideas I have but without actions they are mere illusions. Action is all I need to see the result of my ideas

Michelle O.:
truth — it embodies honesty, sincerity, authenticity. it’s how i want to live and what i look for in people.
integrity — just standing by doing what’s right over doing things for profit, popularity, etc.
joy — when you live, love, and laugh with no inhibitions you have joy.

Neeraj M.:
1. Attitude- If we have positive attitude we can achieve anything in our life, it helps us when we are going through the bad phases of life also.
2. Success- success is the path through which every individual has to travel. if you stop you loose, and you can only become successful person if you keep moving forward.
3. Responsible: If everyone understands his/her responsibility and take the ownership then nothing is impossible.

Anvi D.:
1. Apparently- because this one word becomes the answer to many questions. The sarcastic tone it gives is awesome.
2. Whatever- this word Is a saviour out of arguments you don’t want to have and conversations you don’t want to continue. It doesn’t indicate giving up but that you’ve had enough, so it’s a useful expression.
3. Beautiful- this word is used often but it is still unparalleled. By stressing on the vowels while speaking this word or by using it sincerely beats all the other substitutes that this word has developed.

Sue A .:
Mcfly, because it has been my favourite band for half my life.
Penguin, because they’re cute and my fave animal
Waffle, because it sounds weird

Xyle R.:
First word that I like and mostly used is the word WOW! I’m not sure if you could say it is a word or just an expression. This is the word I used most of the time, especially when I am caught by surprise. Be it a positive or a negative reaction.
Second and third word I like is the words FAMILY and LOYALTY. This word is something I value so much. I love my family and it is above all the things that I prioritize, of course next to God. And when it comes to my family, you can always expect me to be loyal to them. No matter what happens, I am there to stick to them and support them.

Pushpa J.:
01. Mother- no limit for her love.
02. Father- need his advices to life.
03. Effort- we can achieve targets.

Meltem Y.:
Fragile: sounds nice and reminds me my childhood and my late black female cat
Precious: sounds nice and reminds me my kids
Choice: sounds nice and reminds me the illusion of free will.

Brian O.;
1: Family, I love family cause whenever I here the word my minds goes straight to the group of people I love most in the world.
2: fame, maybe cause I want to be famous, haha
3: Legend: cause I love hearing stories of legendary people.

Susan O.:
My favourite words would have to be ‘Eloquently’ I like this word because it a word that describes itself.
‘Compassion’ it something that sounds like what it is.
‘Unique’ it’s for the same reason I like eloquently.

Wilfredo T.:
Travel: I used to walk, take an adventure trip…simply like to move from place to place!
Faith: the world is full of belief. However I firmly stick on my belief.
Knowledge: there are lots of bright people on earth, because of this “gifts” they’ve received from God, they’re even want to beat Him.

Abbas K.:
Love : because i think this word is the best word in world
God : because my god help me and love me and love all people.be American
or iranian not important.god love all
Peace :because this world forget it and miss early

David M.:
1. Goal ( because no matter how much time and effort it takes i finally achieve them)
2. Respect ( the basis of mutual understanding)
3. Iron( reminds me o Bismarck)

Aisling K.:
Epic: A word so small is used to convey something so big.
Serendipity: For it’s meaning and musical sound.
Disingenuous: Again the sound the word makes.

Mark T.:
- Midwifery; a funny sounding word for a serious occupation
- Mnemonic; the unusual construction
- Trollop; hurtful yet quaint

Vera S.:
Love – being in love with the right person is nice
Patience – because if you are patience, everything you need falls in place when you least expect it.
happy – it is a good feeling to be happy

Lebo N.:
My three favourite words are happy because that creates a positive feeling within me. I always smile when I hear, see or speak that word. Perseverance because that word makes me feel like working hard, no matter what it is I am doing. It also helps me to focus on my goals, wishes or dreams and to make them come true. Persistence, because that word makes me feel that no matter what hardships, trials, tribulations I go through, if I continue to work at something with complete dedication, then I will make it.

Ping K.:
1. Money: because I’m always in need of it.
2. Food: because I enjoy eating and love to experience new foods from different countries.
3. Animals: because I love them all and work to uphold their rights.

Marque P.:
Döner
It is a Turkish word which means something which rotates – as in a döner kebab for example. But apart from the meaning, it just has an inexplainable jazz. It is short and when you say it (please don’t mispronounce it “doner”), it sounds like a word you know, but a split second later, you have the experience of, “wait-a-minute, what was that again?” Needless to say, I use it a lot, and only in nonsensical ways. I cannot read nor utter this word without it putting a smile on my face.
Overskud
A Danish word, that sadly can’t be simply translated to English. Its direct translation is “surplus”; when you have more than you need. However its actual use is more along the lines of confidence, energy, pizzaz… Basically when you can’t be touched; nothing bothers you and you are just up for anything. I write this word (which neatly breaks down into two parts of 4 letters) on my knuckles like a fake knuckle tatoo.
Picaresque
A more straight forward word. At least it is an actual English word. I love it because meaningwise it sums up my person – while still phonetically sounding fun and whimsical.
I could go on, but you asked for three, so three it is.

Rachael S.:
Well, my first and foremost favorite word is integrity and it’s because of the meaning of the word…I love it! My second would probably be epiphany because it reminds me of one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had and third…..serenity, once again because of it’s meaning.

Tongsmangs D.:
a) Love: This word should be in circulation because the need love. It take love to eliminate hatred.
b) Integrity: This quality is in short supply around the world.
c) Generousity: This is what leads to care and kindness

Yamuna:
Reality: we all have to face the reality although we have dreams for so many things in life.. Finally reality replace all dreams.. Even good or bad we have to accept it..
Love: in every stage of our life we search for different forms of love.. If we couldn’t find it we suffer a lot.. So love is one of the most important, most needed aspect in our lives..
Happiness: none of us like to be sad.. We all want to be happy in every moment..

Mary W.:
Love. This is my favorite word because it represents my zest for others and hopefully our
Emotional quest for mutual
Fulfillment.
Family. Building a family has been my greatest joy.
Commitment. Work ethic, dependability, faith in God, and doing one’s best are all based on this.

Janice W.:
Love-it speaks to our hearts and is what the world needs to be a better place
Perseverance- this is the key to success, never give up…keep at your dream
Life-it’s a journey, experiences, our interactions, its our finite time in an infinite world…how we live our life determine the mark we leave behind, our happiness, peace, joy and helps with character building

Maureen D.:
Family — the most important unit in our lives … set the tone, good or bad, for how we live our lives & for me, the most important people in my life
Team — we need to work as a team in our endeavours throughout our lives … whether it is on the court or field … or in our companies or organizations … make it a lot more fun too
Enthusiasm — do what you do with passion & enthusiasm … & whatever is done will be done with love & won’t feel so hard to do

Mea A.:
my top three words are Thanks, Love and Heaven.
thanks, i love this word because i love the feeling of being appreciated, when im stressed and then someone say thank you to me , i feel that all my efforts are worth it and i also know that saying thanks can overwhelmed someone.
Love because , its really great word , and i love being loved and also to loved specially if they loved you back. every time i heard of the Word Love, i remember my Savior Jesus Christ that so loved us so much!
and Last is Heaven, because I wanna to go there, i would love to be there for eternity, for i know my Lord is There.

Shehrin N.:
I have four favorite words actually and the words are: Shopping: I love doing shopping because I find it to be amusing
Baba: this is what I call my father
Food: I love different kinds of food
Sleeping: That is my most favorite pastime

Sonia B.:
1. Sonia
Reason: What can I say? I love my name!
2. Success
Reason: Who doesn’t like success?
3. Intellect
Reason: It is what I value most.

Salif T.:
Win: because nobody wants be in losing team, therefore if anyone wants be leader such us my case, you must be winner; people would want to fallow winner.
Focus: because I believe everything can be done if we allocate enough resources and time.
Freedom: because I believe that through freedom we can achieve lot of things, the new private enterprises will emerge, the society would be better off. I don’t think we need some commissaries to tell us what to do. We must not expect everything from states because the states can’t do everything for us.

Asma L.:
My first word is honey, because my ex called me honey (I will never forget).
The second one is Mathematics because it is my specialty :) .
The last one and the best one is Mother, because she gave me life and she cared about me all the time.

Rahul H.:
Love – Cuz it’s the most beautiful emotion/feeling
Happiness – Cuz life’s amazing wen ur happy
Sex – Cuz u can feel the love n be happy at the same time!

Bao N.:
“I” without the word “I” certain individuals attempting to express themselves in a first person format would not be able to do so.
“Contemplate” the word “contemplate” means more than the word “think” and goes in depth. Contemplating as a means to wrap your mind around that subject and retain the knowledge.
“Ponder” to think about a certain subject, as a means to the word curious.

Trisha T.:
love
happy
content
These words mean a lot to me because I don’t use them very often. They carry a weight that I could never take for granted. It’s rare when these words touch my lips but they are always in my mind, so when I do say these words, I really do mean them.

Stephen S.:
Awesome
Awesome is like ‘great’ on steriods, its better than great, its wonderful,
inspiring and great together.
Awareness
Awareness is something that comes from self work and introspection. To be
aware is to be conscious, awake, fully alive, an asset to society
Love
Love is our natural state, our essence, the very word is warm and nurturing

Anku P.:
1.optimistic: which shows positivity in it self.
2.Best: which tells us to do much better
3.Holidays:which shows relief in a tight schedule

Rujina J.:
1.HOPE, because i believe in having it.
2. AQUAMARINE, as I love water and
3. MAGIC, since I believe in it.

Sonja:
My favorite word is “butterfly”. I like it because it I like what it represents but also because it sounds like a switch of the first letter of the compound word “flutterby”. Then I came up with a hypothesis that, since it’s such a cool creature, and I knew the French and Spanish words for it, “papillon” and “mariposa” respectively, it must have a cool name/word in very language.
I found the even the German language, which I don’t find beautiful, has a beautiful word: “schmetterling” and Norwegian is “sømmerfugl” which means “summer bird”, but even more amazing to me personally, is that my maiden name is “Fuglestad”, and part of it is in the Norse word for butterfly! And that’s after I made my hypotheses. Many languages repeat a syllable, Japanese: cho cho, Vietnamese: bum bum (tone goes up on second), Hebrew: par par, Tagalog: paro paro. And of course, sign language is what I use when learning the new word from someone who doesn’t speak English well.
I also like the word “Jesus” or “Yeshua”. For who he is in my life.
And I love the word “freedom”. On so many levels. What it represents, the experience, the hope.

Rashi R.:
1) Victorious: My best friend’s name is Victoria and every time she finishes something or wins something she says she is victorious and I stuck with me.
2) serendipity: The film serendipity was a movie that I enjoy.
3) glee: i looked up the word when i was into the glee series and it easily fits in essays or projects that I write really easily

Rochana L:
People mostly follow three words in their life especially me.They are:Friends, Thanks and Love..without friends we would feel lonely , and thanks is a feeling of gratitude which one expresses and Love is a universal word which applies for all relationships.

Deb A.:
My favorite words are: BELIEVE! POSITIVITY! LOVE.
I love the word believe because it makes me see hope in the presence unpleasant things, it also makes me have faith and hold on to my dreams. This word build strength in me.
I love the word positive because I have grown to see things change some rapidly, some not but being positive make them come to pass in the way you believe in.
I love the word LOVE because it makes the world go round. You get back as many of the love you give in any way how ever little. I love daily… Nature, pple, mails, music, books, etc.

Alex M.:
hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – I love it because it’s a 67 letter word that means the fear of long words.
2-monosyllabic- another ironic word. A word which defines other words that have only on syllable, but it in itself has more then one.
3- Calliope- I like the way it sounds, and it seems like a fun name for a fantasy character (or a muse )

Norliana I.:
1. Good Morning – wishing this every morning may cheer the whole day of the person who we greet.
2. Good Night – wish to ur loves e.g parents, kids, spouse, siblings – to strenghten the relationship.
3. Hi – to greet people. To start a conversation.

Amy M.:
1) “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia” – its just so ironic
2) “toasty” reminds me of home
3) “escapade” just the thoughts of adventure

Sunil K.:
My favourite 3 words are learn, create and peace. Pure learning that comes from the depth of our own consciousness gives me joy. Creation in any form is another source of joy for me. I like the word peace because that is the goal of all my endeavors and pursuits. Learning is useful if it helps create peace in our lives. Peace can be created through right learning. Creative learning is the source of joy and peace.

Anjalee S.:
Love: this is because it is only word which bind 2 hearts together.
Family: anything will happen but family will always be with us.
God: it gives me strength and hope to have faith in all the disappointments.

Melissa O.:
Amazing-I like it because I can almost describe anything and everything with that word in a positive way.
Management-I like this word because I would like to have more and more understanding about this word and how it affects every part of my life.
Strategy-I love this word, because if you do not have a strategy for any part of your life, you may as well be dead.Strategy is what helps anyone to map out their lives in a good way, if they really want to make the best out of it.

Jessica E.:
1) Discombobulating
It is fun to say.
2) Flabbergasted
It is another fun word.
3) Freudian
I like that it is a German word used in the English language – among other words like Kindergarten and Hamburger.

Raphael M.:
1. Meek-its a character i look for in friends/workmates and also uphold personally.
2. Toxins-influence by my viewing of too much National Geographic documentaries
3. Squalid- to describe the households I was in when I worked as an enumerator in a slum some time back.

Ronel D.:
Skeptical- i want that kind of word it is because some person are not and easy to convience , even it is already good for them.
Scarstic- i also like this kind of word to say sometimes since it is oppsite the trueth or false, like our soul and mind sometimes we lie to out self.
Worst- good or bad its getting worst…

Abhirami V.:
universe- I love this word because i like researching about the universe and it’s origin.
Champion-I like this word because it motivates me a lot and empowers me.
Math-I like this word cause I love this subject.

Alexander K.:
Logic – I like logic, because as I recon it should rule the world.
Paramount – this sounds beautiful, and has beautiful meaning.
Ghoti – its a clever word, since humor is quite intellectual art.

Areliz R.:
Abstract- because it really puts in perspective what something looks like.
Create- because it gives you the chance to make something original.
Love- because I love love.

Ashton H.:
Love is my most favorite word. Not just for saying to family or loved ones, but for everything. There is something beautiful in how this particular word requires such a specific movement of both the mouth and tonuge.
My next favorite word would probably be awesome. It can just be used for everything regarding the most positive of explanations!
and last, Godsend. It means so much more than what people use it for. It’s just a wonderul word to have access to.

… (more to come!)

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

A List of Positive Words

 

100% 101 5 STAR ABLE
ABSOLUTELY ABSORBING ABUNDANCE ABUNDANT
ACCEPT ACCEPTANCE ACCEPTED ACCLAIMED
ACCOMPLISH ACCOMPLISHMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACCURACY
ACE ACHIEVE ACHIEVEMENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
ACTION ACTIVATE ACTIVE ACTIVIST
ACUMEN ADAPTABILITY ADD ADDITION
ADJUST ADMIRABLE ADMIRE ADOPT
ADORABLE ADORE ADORED ADVANTAGE
ADVENTURE AFFECTION AFFIRM AFFIRMATION
AFFIRMATIVE AFFLUENT AGELESS AGILITY
AGREE AGREEABLE AID AIM
AIRY ALERT ALERTNESS ALIVE
ALLIANCE ALLY ALTER AMAZE
AMAZING AMBITION AMITY ANGELIC
ANIMATED ANSWER ANTICIPATION APPEALING
APPRECIATE APPRECIATION APPROVAL APPROVE
APTITUDE AROMA ARTISTIC ASSERTIVE
ASSERTIVENESS ASTONISH ASTOUNDING ASTUTE
ATTENTIVENESS ATTRACTION ATTRACTIVE AUDACITY
AUTHENTIC AUTHENTICITY AWARD AWARENESS
AWESOME BALANCE BARGAIN BASIC
BEAMING BEATIFY BEATITUDE BEATS
BEAUTIFUL BEAUTY BELIEVE BELONGING
BELOVED BENEFACTOR BENEFICIAL BENEFIT
BENEVOLENT BEST BETTER BETTER
BIGHEARTED BITS BLESS BLESSED
BLESSING BLISS BLISSFUL BLISSFULNESS
BLOOM BLOSSOM BOLDNESS BOOST
BOUNCE BOUNTIFUL BOUNTY BRAVE
BRAVERY BRAVO BREAKTHROUGH BREEZY
BRIEF BRIGHT BRILLIANCE BRILLIANT
BRIMMING BUBBLY BUNCH BURGEON
BUY CALM CANDOR CAPABLE
CARE CAREFULNESS CARING CELEBRATE
CELEBRATED CERTAIN CERTAINTY CHAKRA
CHALLENGE CHAMP CHAMPION CHANGE
CHARACTER CHARITABLE CHARITY CHARM
CHARMER CHARMING CHEER CHEERFULNESS
CHEERY CHERISH CHIC CHOICE
CLARITY CLASSIC CLASSICAL CLASSY
CLEAN CLEANLINESS CLEAR CLEVER
CLOSENESS COLLABORATION COLOURFUL COMFORT
COMFY COMMEND COMMITMENT COMMUNICATION
COMMUNITY COMPANIONSHIP COMPASSION COMPETENCE
COMPLETE COMPLIMENT COMPOSED COMRADESHIP
CONCENTRATION CONFIDENCE CONFIDENT CONGRATULATION
CONNECT CONNECTED CONNECTION CONNOISSEUR
CONSCIOUSNESS CONSISTENCY CONSTANT CONTENT
CONTENTMENT CONTINUITY CONTINUOUS CONTRIBUTION
CONTROL CONVICTION CONVINCING COOL
COOPERATION COPIOUS CORE COUPLED
COURAGE COURAGEOUS COURTEOUS COURTESY
COY CREAMY CREATE CREATIVE
CREATIVITY CRISP CUDDLE CUDDLING
CUDDLY CULTIVATE CURE CURIOSITY
CURIOUS CUTE DARING DAZZLING
DEBONAIR DECENT DECISIVENESS DELICATE
DELICIOUS DELIGHT DELIGHTFUL DELUXE
DEPENDABILITY DEPENDABLE DESIRABLE DESIRE
DETERMINATION DEVOTION DIAMOND DIFFERENCE
DIGNITY DILIGENCE DIMPLE DIRECT
DIRECTION DISCERNING DISCIPLINE DISCOVER
DISCOVERY DISCRETION DISTINCTIVE DISTINGUISHED
DIVERSITY DIVINE DO DONATE
DREAM DREAMY DRIVE DROOL
DUTY DYNAMIC EACH DAY EAGER
EAGERNESS EARNEST EASILY EASY
EASY ECONOMY ECSTASY ECSTATIC
EDUCATE EDUCATION EFFECTIVE EFFECTIVENESS
EFFERVESCENT EFFICIENCY EFFICIENT EFFORTLESS
ELATION ELECTRIFYING ELEGANCE ELEGANT
EMBRACE EMPATHIZE EMPATHY EMPHATIC
EMPOWER EMPOWERING EMULATE ENABLE
ENCHANTING ENCOMPASSING ENCOURAGE ENCOURAGEMENT
ENCOURAGING ENDLESS ENDORSE ENDORSED
ENDURANCE ENERGETIC ENERGIZE ENERGIZED
ENERGY ENGAGE ENGAGING ENHANCE
ENJOY ENJOYMENT ENLIGHTENMENT ENORMOUS
ENOUGH ENSURE ENTHUSE ENTHUSIASM
ENTHUSIASTIC ENTICING ENTIRELY EQUALITY
ESSENCE ESSENTIAL ESTABLISHED ESTEEM
ESTEEMED ETERNAL ETHICAL EVERYDAY
EVERYONE EXACTLY EXALTATION EXCELLENCE
EXCELLENT EXCEPTIONAL EXCITED EXCITEMENT
EXCITING EXCLUSIVE EXHILARATING EXHILARATION
EXOTIC EXPAND EXPERIENCE EXPERT
EXPERTISE EXPLORATION EXPLORE EXPRESS
EXPRESSIVENESS EXQUISITE EXTOL EXTRA
EXTRA MILE EXULTANT EYE-CATCHING FAB
FABLED FABULOUS FAIR FAIRNESS
FAITH FAITHFUL FAME FAMILIAR
FAMILY FAMOUS FANTASTIC FASCINATING
FASHIONABLE FAST FAVORABLE FAVORITE
FAVOURITE FEAT FEEL GOOD FETCHING
FIDELITY FINE FINESSE FINEST
FIRST FIT FITTING FIZZ
FLAIR FLATTERING FLEXIBILITY FLIP
FLOURISH FLOURISHING FLOW FOCUS
FOOLPROOF FOREVER FORGIVE FORGIVENESS
FORGIVING FORTITUDE FORTUNATE FORTUNE
FRAGRANCE FREE FREEDOM FRESH
FRESHNESS FRIENDLY FRIENDSHIP FRUGALITY
FULL FUN FUNNY FUTURE
GALORE GATHER GENERATE GENEROSITY
GENEROUS GENIAL GENIUS GENTLE
GENUINE GET UP GIFT GIGGLE
GIVE GIVING GLAD GLAMOROUS
GLITTER GLORIOUS GLORY GLOW
GLOWING GO-AHEAD GOD GODLINESS
GOLDEN GOOD GOODNESS GORGEOUS
GRACE GRACEFUL GRAND GRATEFUL
GRATITUDE GREAT GREEN GRIN
GROUNDED GROUP GROW GROWING
GROWTH GUARANTEED GUIDANCE HANDSOME
HAPPILY HAPPINESS HAPPY HARD WORK
HARMONIOUS HARMONIZE HARMONY HEALED
HEALING HEALTH HEALTHFUL HEALTHY
HEART HEARTWARMING HEARTY HEAVENLY
HELLO HELP HELPFUL HELPFULNESS
HELPING HERE HEROISM HI
HIGHEST GOOD HOLD HOLINESS HOLY
HONEST HONESTY HONOR HONORABLE
HONORED HOPE HOPEFULNESS HOSPITALITY
HUG HUMAN HUMBLE HUMOR
I AM I CAN I KNOW IDEA
IDEAL IMAGINATION IMAGINATIVE IMAGINE
IMMACULATE IMPRESSIVE IMPROVEMENT INCREASE
INCREDIBLE INDEPENDENCE INDEPENDENT INFLUENCE
INGENIOUS INGENUITY IN-LOVE INNATE
INNER PEACE INNOVATE INNOVATION INNOVATIVE
INSIGHT INSIGHTFUL INSIGHTFULNESS INSPIRATION
INSPIRE INSPIRE INSPIRED INSTANT
INSTANTANEOUS INSTINCT INSTINCTIVE INTEGRITY
INTELLECTUAL INTELLIGENCE INTELLIGENT INTENSITY
INTENTION INTEREST INTERESTED INTERESTING
INTIMACY INTUITIVE INTUITIVENESS INVENTIVE
INVENTIVENESS INVESTING INVIGORATING INVINCIBLE
INVITING IRRESISTIBLE JEWEL JOINED
JOKE JOLLY JOVIAL JOY
JOYFUL JOYOUS JUBILANT JUBILATION
JUICY JUST JUSTICE K.O.
KEEN KEENEST KEEP-UP KEY
KIND KIND-HEART KINDLY KINDNESS
KISS KISSABLE KNOW-HOW KNOWING
KNOWLEDGE KNOWLEDGEABLE LAUGH LEADER
LEADERSHIP LEADS LEARN LEARNED
LEARNING LEGEND LEGENDARY LEISURE
LET GO LIBERTY LIFE LIGHT
LIKE LINGERING LIVE LIVELY
LIVING LOGIC LOGICAL LONGEST
LONGEVITY LOVABLE LOVE LOVELINESS
LOVELY LOYAL LOYALTY LUCID
LUCIDITY LUCK LUCKY LUCRATIVE
LUMINOUS LUSCIOUS LUXURIOUS LUXURY
MAGIC MAGNIFICENT MAINTAIN MAJESTY
MANY MARVELOUS MASTER MASTERFUL
MASTERY MATCHLESS MATURITY MAXI
MAXIMUM MEANING MEANINGFUL MEDITATE
MEEK MEMORABLE MEND MERCY
MERIT MERITORIOUS METAMORPHOSIS MIGHTY
MIND-BLOWING MINDFULNESS MINT MIRACLE
MIRACULOUS MISSION MMMM MODERN
MODESTY MODIFY MONEY MORE
MOTIVATE MOTIVATING MOTIVATION MOUTHWATERING
MOVING MULTI MUNCHY NATURAL
NATURE NEED NEW NEW
NICE NIRVANA NO 1 NOBLE
NON-RESISTANCE NOURISH NOURISHED NOVEL
NOW NURTURE NURTURING NUTRITIOUS
OBEDIENT OK OKAY ON
ONE ONWARDS OPEN OPENHANDED
OPENLY OPEN-MINDED OPENNESS OPPORTUNITY
OPTIMISM OPTIMIST OPTIMISTIC OPULENT
ORDER ORGANIZATION ORIENTATION ORIGINAL
ORIGINALITY OUTCOME OUTLASTS OUTRAGEOUS
OUTSTANDING PACIFY PALATE PALATIAL
PAMPER PARADISE PARTY PASSION
PASSIONATE PATIENCE PEACE PEAK
PEARL PERCEPTIVENESS PERFECT PERFECTION
PERSEVERANCE PERSISTENCE PERSONAL-GROWTH PHENOMENAL
PHENOMENON PICK-ME-UP PLEASANT PLEASE
PLEASES PLEASURABLE PLEASURE PLENTEOUS
PLENTIFUL PLENTY PLETHORA PLUM
PLUMP PLUS POISE POISED
POLISH POLISHED POPULAR POSITIVE
POWER POWERFUL PRACTICALITY PRECIOUS
PRECISION PREFER PREPARED PREPAREDNESS
PRESENCE PRESERVATION PRESTIGE PRETTY
PRICELESS PRIDE PRIME PRINCIPLE
PRINCIPLED PRIVACY PRIZE PROACTIVE
PROACTIVITY PRODUCTIVE PROGRESS PROJECT
PROMINENT PROSPERITY PROSPEROUS PROTECT
PROTECTED PROTECTION PROUD PUNCTUALITY
PURE PURPOSE QUALITY QUANTITY
QUENCHING QUEST QUICK QUIET
RADIANT RATIONALITY RAVISHING READY
REAL REALITY REAP REASON
REASSURING RECOGNITION RECOGNIZE RECOMMEND
RECOMMENDATION REFINED REFINEMENT REFRESH
REFRESHING REJOICE REJUVENATE RELATIONSHIPS
RELAX RELIABILITY RELIABLE RELIANCE
RELIEF RELIEVE RELIGION RELY
REMARKABLE RENEW RENOWNED REPLENISH
REPUTATION RESOLUTION RESOUND RESOUNDING
RESOURCEFULNESS RESOURCES RESPECT RESPECTED
RESPONSIBILITY REST RESTORE RESTORED
REVELATION REVERE REVOLUTIONIZE REWARD
REWARDING RICH RIGHT RIGHT NOW
RIGHTEOUSNESS RISK-TAKING ROBUST ROMANCE
ROSY ROUSING ROYAL SACRED
SAFE SAFETY SALVATION SATISFACTION
SATISFACTORY SAVE SAVINGS SCOPE
SCORES SECURE SECURED SECURITY
SEDUCTIVE SEE SEEMLY SELECT
SELF-ESTEEM SELF-FORGIVENESS SELFLESSNESS SELF-LOVE
SELF-RESPECT SENSATION SENSATIONAL SENSITIVE
SERENE SERENITY SERIOUSNESS SERVICE
SEXY SHAPELY SHARE SHEER
SHIFT SHINE SHOW SHY
SILENCE SILENT SILVER SIMPLE
SIMPLICITY SIMPLIFY SINCERITY SINGULAR
SIZZLING SKILFUL SKILL SKILLED
SKILLFUL SLICK SMART SMASHING
SMILE SMILES SMOOTH SOFT
SOLAR SOLUTION SOUL SOULFUL
SOULMATE SOUND SPARKLING SPECIAL
SPECTACULAR SPEED SPICE SPICY
SPIRIT SPIRITED SPIRITUAL SPLENDID
SPONTANEOUS SPOTLESS SPRUCE STABILITY
STAR STILL STILLNESS STIR
STIRRING STRENGTH STRIVE STRONG
STUNNING STUPENDOUS STYLE STYLISH
SUBTLE SUCCESS SUCCESSFUL SUCCULENT
SUN SUNNY SUPER SUPERB
SUPERLATIVE SUPERSONIC SUPPORT SUPPORTING
SUPREME SURE SURPRISE SURPRISING
SUSTAIN SUSTAINED SWEET SWELL
SYMPHONY SYNCHRONIZED SYSTEMATIZATION TACT
TAN TANGY TASTY TEACH
TEACHABLE TEAM TEAMWORK TEMPTING
TERRIFIC THANK THANK YOU THANKFUL
THANK-YOU “THE” THERAPEUTIC THERAPY
THOROUGH THOROUGHBRED THOUGHTFUL THRILLED
THRILLING THRIVE THRIVING TIME
TIMELESS TIMELINESS TINGLE TINY
TODAY TOGETHER TOLERANCE TOP
TOPS TOTALLY TRADITION TRADITIONAL
TRANQUIL TRANQUILITY TRANSFORM TRANSFORMATION
TRANSFORMATIVE TRANSFORMING TREASURE TREAT
TRENDY TRIUMPH TRUE TRUST
TRUSTING TRUTH TRUTHFUL U
ULTIMATE ULTRA UNBEATABLE UNBLEMISHED
UNCONDITIONAL UNDENIABLY UNDERSTANDING UNDOUBTEDLY
UNIFICATION UNIQUE UNITY UNQUESTIONNABLY
UNREAL UNRIVALLED UNSURPASSED UNUSUAL
UNWAVERING UP UPBEAT UPGRADE
UPLIFT UPRIGHT UPSTANDING USEFUL
USER-FRIENDLY VALID VALUABLE VALUE
VALUED VALUES VANISH VARIED
VARIETY VARY VENERATE VENTURE
VERIFY VERSATILE VERY VIABLE
VIBRANT VICTOR VICTORIOUS VICTORY
VIGOROUS VINTAGE VIP VIRTUE
VIRTUOUS VISION VISUALIZE VITAL
VITALITY VIVACIOUS VOYAGE VULNERABILITY
WARM WEALTH WEALTHY WEE
WELCOME WELL WELL-BEING WHIZ
WHOLE WHOLESOME WHOPPER WILL
WILLING WINNER WISDOM WISE
WON WONDER WONDERFUL WONDROUS
WORTH WORTHY WOW XANADU
YES YIPPEE YOUNG YOUTH
YOUTHFUL YULE YUMMY ZAP
ZEAL ZEALOUS ZEST ZING
ZIP ZOOM

Total words: 1102

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

 
Total number of English words:
1900 525,000
1950 600,000
1980 900,000
2012 1,013,913
2014: 1,023,247
Number of words created each day on average: 15

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90% of everything written in English uses just 1,000 words.

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The most commonly used word in written English, by pretty much any reliable standard, is the, appearing nearly twice as often as the next most common word. The most commonly used word in spoken English, however, is I, followed, in order, by you, the, and a.

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The word “listen” contains the same letters as the word “silent”.

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There are about twice as many words in the English language to describe negative emotions such as sad, upset, and disappointed as there are for positive ones, such delighted, happy and elated.

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When modern kids say “bad!” their actual meaning is “good!” Some of us wince at this slang reversal. This is not the first such reversal in the English language, however. “Awful” used to mean awe-inspiring, and “artificial” used to mean full of art.

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8598 words in the works of Shakespeare are used only once.

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At least half of the world’s population is bilingual or “plurilingual”, i.e. they speak two or more languages.

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Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.

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Average Americans know about 10,000 words. Writers know the most words, averaging 20,000.

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When the trucking company PIE renamed their truckers, warehousemen and clerical workers “craftsmen,” they raised their pride and cut a sixty percent rate of shipping mistakes down to ten percent. This simple change in terminology saves the company $250,000 per year.

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A radio announcer speaks about 183 words per minute.

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In Spanish and German, they capitalize the word “you.” In English, we capitalize “I.”

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A word formed by joining together parts of existing words is called a “blend” (or, less commonly, a “portmanteau word”). Many new words enter the English language in this way. Examples are “wordollar” (word + dollar); “brunch” (breakfast + lunch); “motel” (motorcar + hotel); and “guesstimate” (guess + estimate). Note that blends are not the same as compounds or compound nouns, which form when two whole words join together, for example: website, blackboard, darkroom.

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Words that are most frequently looked up in dictionaries are:

paradigm (an example that serves as a pattern or model);
conundrum (a riddle answered by a pun; also, a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem);
oxymoron (the juxtaposition of incongruous or contradictory terms);
ubiquitous (omnipresent);
bastion (a well-fortified position);
epiphany (a revelation);
serendipity (the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident);
encephalopathy (any of various brain diseases);
portcullis (a wooden or iron grate, suspended in front of a gateway and lowered to block passage);
heuristic (a speculative formulation which serves as a guide in the investigation of a problem).

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Did you know there used to be a word in the dictionary (from 1932 to 1940), which did not have any meaning? The word was ‘Dord’. It happened due to some error, this word was later known as Ghost word.

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The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, beta.

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Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!

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If you stretched out 1,429 words written in longhand, about the amount necessary to fill a small pocket notebook, the line would be one mile long.

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According to the Guiness Book of World Records, there are as many as 2,241 synonyms for the state of being “drunk.”

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A person from Montana gave his daughter a 622-letter long name. His purpose: To tangle up and crash beaurocratic computers!

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What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

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The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

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“Pronunciation” is the most mispronounced word in English language.

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The longest word in English is 45 letters long: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It refers to a lung disease caused by silica dust. Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.

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The longest place-name still in use is a New Zealand hill, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitnatahu.

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Hemidemisemiquaver is a funny word. It is a musical term meaning a 64th note.

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In the mid-1800′s, there was a guy hired by an Irish earl to collect high rent from tenant farmers. The farmers totally ignored him. His name was Charles C. Boycott. That’s how the word boycott originated.

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A professional typist’s fingers move 12 miles in one workday.

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In 1984 Alan Foreman of England sent his wife Janet a rather long letter containing over one million words.

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Many people believe that the word “testify” originated in Roman times, when men swore on their testicles. Unfortunately this is not true. It came from the Latin word “testis” meaning “witness”.

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The most commonly-used word in conversation is “I”.

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The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.

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More than half of the world’s languages have no written form.

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Half of the languages spoken in the world today are predicted to disappear during this century.

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Isaac Asimov was a brilliant Russian-born American scientist and author. His work includes writing or editing over 500 books and about 90,000 letters and postcards. He once said: “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” Asimov invented a number of words officially recognized by The Oxford English Dictionary including “positronic”, “psychohistory”, and “robotics”.

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In Hindi, the word for ‘yesterday’ (‘kal’) is the same as for tomorrow. The tense of the attached verb tells you of the meaning.

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In Albanian there are 27 words for ‘moustache’ including ‘dirs ur’ – meaning the newly sprouted moustache of an adolescent.

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In Georgian, ‘mama’ means ‘father’.

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More than half of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English.

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Country with the most languages spoken: Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages.

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Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

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There is one word mispelled in this sentence which is one of the most misspelled words in America. Which one is it? Mispell is misspelled.

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The word “mortgage” comes from a French word that means “death contract”.

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Nine languages don’t have words for colour – they only differentiate between black and white. For example in Dan (New Guinea) things can be ‘mili’ (darkish) or ‘mola’ (lightish).

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In Greek, “school” translates to “leisure.”

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The oldest word in English that is currently in use is “town”. Some research insist that “I” is the oldest word in the English language.

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Seattle was named after a Duwamish Indian leader named Sealth who had befriended the settlers. His name means reconciler. Chief Sealth (Seattle) was a great leader and orator who reconciled the American Indians and the white settlers.

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The word “bible” came from the Greek word “biblion” which means book. The word “book” comes from “bok” meaning “beech.” The first books in Europe were written on thin slabs of beech wood.

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The concept behind the word “cool” might come from the African word “itutu”, brought to America by slavery.

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The word robot was invented in 1920, in an early science fiction play by Karel Chapek R.U.R. “Rossum’s Universal Robots”. From Czech this word “robota” means: forced labor.

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The letter combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways, which can be heard in this sentence: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

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“Rhythm” and “syzygy” (look it up and learn a new word today!) are the longest words without vowels.

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Cabbaged and fabaceae, each eight letters long, are the longest words that can be played on a musical instrument. Seven letter words with this property include acceded, baggage, bedface, cabbage, defaced, and effaced.

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The longest one-syllable words are “screeched” and “strengths”

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“He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas” has seven spellings of the sound [ i ].

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There aren’t any words that rhyme with orange, purple, angel, bulb, silver, or month.

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The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

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More English words begin with the letter “s” than with any other letter.

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You and ewe are pronounced the same but share no letters in common. Eye and I is another such pair. Oh and eau is yet another.

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Thitherwards contains the most English words spelled consecutively within it: a, ar, ard, ards, er, he, her, hi, hit, hithe, hither, hitherward, hitherwards, I, it, ither, the, thither, thitherward, wa, war, ward, and wards, totaling twenty-three words.

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“Therein” contains ten words without rearranging any of the letters: there, in, the, he, her, here, ere, therein, herein, rein.

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Ushers contains the most personal pronouns spelled consecutively within it: he, her, hers, she, and us, totaling five pronouns.

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“Queueing” is the only word with five consecutive vowels.

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The word with the most consonants in a row is “latchstring”.

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“Deeded” is the only word that is made using only two different letters, each used three times.

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The only words with three consecutive double letters are “bookkeeping” and “bookkeeper”.

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Sestettes is a word in which each of its letters occurs three times.

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One theory proposes that language evolved from the communication between mother and baby, with the mother repeating the baby’s babbling and giving it a meaning. Indeed, in most languages “mama” or similar “ma”-sounds actually mean ‘mother’.

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The English language spread with the growth of the British Empire, becoming the dominant language in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. The growing global influence of the US has further increased the spread of English.

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English is the official language of the skies, and all pilots, regardless of their country of origin, identify themselves in English on international flights.

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First novel ever written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer.”

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When NASA launched the ‘Voyager 1 & 2′ spacecraft in 1977, they put on board golden discs containing the sights and sounds of Earth, including greetings in 55 of the world’s most widely understood languages. These are currently travelling through space!

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The word chincherinchee is the only known English word which has one letter occurring once, two letters occurring twice, and three letters occurring three times.

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The word “uncopyrightable” is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.

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Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means “the capital” in the Korean language.

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Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

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The Sanskrit word for “war” means “desire for more cows.”

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In the English language there are only three words that have a letter that repeats six times. Degenerescence (six e’s), Indivisibility (six i’s), and nonannouncement (six n’s).

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Only 3 words in the English language end in “ceed”: “proceed,” “exceed,” and “succeed”.

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Eskimoes have hundreds of words and word forms for the word “snow” but none for “hello”.

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Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language. This isn’t a kindergarten for amateur writers.”

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The very first “The American” dictionary took Noah Webster 20 years to put together.

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Aegilops, eight letters long, is the longest word whose letters are arranged in alphabetical order. Seven letter words with this property include beefily and billowy. Six letter words include abhors, accent, access, almost, biopsy, bijoux, billow, chintz, effort, and ghosty.

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Spoonfeed, nine letters long, is the longest word whose letters are arranged in reverse alphabetical order. Trollied is an eight letter word with this property. Seven letter words with this property include sponged and wronged.

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The words racecar, kayak and level are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

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“Four” is the only word which has number of alphabets equal to its numerical value.

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“Underground” is the only word that begins and ends with “und”.

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In England, in the 1880s, ‘pants’ was a dirty word.

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The only words with “uu” are “vacuum”, “muumuu”, “residuum”, and “continuum”.

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There are only 4 English words in common use ending in “-dous”: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.

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The only word in the English language that has 4 sets of double letters in a row is balloonneer.

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“Feedback” is the shortest word in English that has the letters a, b, c, d, e, and f.

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The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

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All male terms are shorter than the female terms except for “widower” (widow).

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South Africa has 11 official languages – the most for a single country.

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The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn’t a compound word, is ‘epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen’. In English it means ‘even with their lack of ability to disorganize’.

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Language with the largest alphabet: Khmer (74 letters). This Austro-Asiatic language is the official language of Cambodia, where approx. 12 million people speak it.

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There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, French, Malay-Indonesian, and Urdu, in that order.

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There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more than 7,000 dialects. A dialect is a regional variety of a language that has a different pronunciation, vocabulary, or meaning. About 2,000 of those languages and dialects have fewer than 1,000 speakers.

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More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

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There are about 2,200 languages and dialects in Asia.

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The Philippines has more than 1,000 regional dialects and two official languages.

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The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France. It is not related to any other language in the world. It has an extremely complicated word structure and vocabulary.

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Esperanto is an artificial language, but is spoken by about 500,000 to 2,000,000 people, and 2 feature films have been done in the language.

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The word moment is defined as zero seconds long.

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The Bible is available in 2454 languages.

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There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a newspaper.

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If you spell out every number from 0 to 999, you will find every vowel except for “a”. You have to count to one thousand to find an “a”!

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The only word in English that ends with the letters “-mt” is “dreamt”.

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“Subcontinental” is the only word that uses each vowel only once and in reverse alphabetical order.

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Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.

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The most common letter in English is “e”. The most common vowel in English is “e”, followed by “a”. The most common consonant in English is “r”, followed by “t”. The least used letter in English language is “q”.

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A new word in English is created every 98 minutes. 4,000 new words are added to the dictionary every year.

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The most recent language to become extinct was Klallam, traditionally spoken on Vancouver Island. The last speaker died on February 4, 2014.

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Tank word’s origin: Invented during World War I, these heavily armored combat vehicles had the potential to be formidable weapons. In an effort keep them secret during moves through France, the English assigned the vehicles the codename of “tank” to give possible spies the impression that they were for water transport rather than weapons. The name stuck and has now become the official term for that type of vehicle.

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Magazine word’s origin: The word “magazine” goes back to the Arabic word “makhzan,” which means “storage house.” The word was used in some form or another in several European languages, including English, with that same meaning. In fact, in military usage, magazine still mean “storage.” However, in 1731, a periodical called “The Gentleman’s Magazine” came out, with the explanation that the publication was named “magazine” because it was like a storehouse of written works. The use of “magazine” as a publication continues to this day.

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How long have languages existed: Since about 100,000 BC.

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Bikini word’s origin: Many post-World War II atomic bomb experiments were conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll, one of the Marshall Islands. In 1946, just a few days after the first of these tests, fashion designer Jacques Heim debuted a two-piece women’s swimsuit called a “bikini” in an attempt to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the recent nuclear test. The name impressed people as surely as atomic energy, and to this day bikinis of all designs are worn on beaches all over the world. That wasn’t Heims’ first attempt at associating tiny swim wear and nuclear weaponry, by the way: just a few months earlier, he had introduced a similar beachwear design dubbed the “atome” because it was so tiny.

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First language ever written: Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC). Oldest written language still in existence: Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC).

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English words “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.

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80% of information stored on all computers in the world is in English.

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Language with the fewest words: Taki Taki (also called Sranan), 340 words. Taki Taki is an English-based Creole spoken by 120,000 in the South American country of Suriname.

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The words: glasses, scissors, trousers, jeans, and pants only exist in plural form.

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The word “butterfly” was originally “flutterby,” which makes a whole lot more sense since many butterflies aren’t yellow and none of them taste like butter.

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One in every 7 persons in world knows or speaks English that makes over 1 billion people speaking English as of today.

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The first English dictionary was printed in 1755, it was Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, which standardized the language for the first time.

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A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a “pangram”. The following sentence contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence is often used to test typewriters or keyboards. The sentence “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs” uses every letter of the alphabet and uses the least letters to do so!

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Some words exist only in plural form, for example: glasses (spectacles), binoculars, scissors, shears, tongs, gallows, trousers, jeans, pants, pyjamas (but note that clothing words often become singular when we use them as modifiers, as in “trouser pocket”).

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Mandarin Chinese is the only language spoken by more people around the world than English.

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In the U.S. there are 18 doctors called Dr. Doctor, and one called Dr. Surgeon. There is also a dermatologist named Dr. Rash, a psychiatrist called Dr. Couch and an anesthesiologist named Dr. Gass.

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Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram, which is dynamo. March, April, and May are the only months of the year that have anagrams, which are charm, ripal, and yam.

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The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat” meaning “the king is helpless”.

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Jacuzzi, Laundromat, Frisbee, Coke, and Microchip are actually trademarks that have fallen into common, generic use. Aspirin, Escalator, Tabloid, Cellophane, and Yo-yo even became defunct trademarks after being used generally.

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The only planet not named after a god is our own, Earth. The others are, in order from the Sun, Mercury, Venus, [Earth,] Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

Favorite Words of Celebrities

 
Here is the most complete list of celebrities’ favorite words:

Al Gore: Interstitial. Asymptotic

Al Pacino: Anodine

Angelina Jolie: Now

Anthony Hopkins: No (“I’ve spent so much of my life saying “yes,” when I should have said “no.”)

Antonio Banderas: Alegria (Spanish word meaning Joy)

Arianna Huffington: Trust

Arthur C. Clarke: Incarnadine

Ben Stiller: Galaxy

Betty White: Kindness

Billy Crystal: Truth. Charming

Bob Hope: Laughter

Bobby Bob Thornton: Marshmallow

Brad Pitt: Daddy

Bradley Cooper: Energy

Cameron Diaz: Unity

Carol Burnett (American actress): Window

Christopher Walken: Lunch

Clint Eastwood: Tranquilo (“I use tranquilo a lot.”)

Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter): Verdurous (meaning lush green)

Drew Barrymore: Empyrean

Dustin Hoffman: Saga (“Saga, well yes. You know, we have a lot of kids and we for some reason developed a language all of our own. We call it Hoffitalk, and Saga is everything wonderful.”)

Eddie Murphy: New

Ellen Barkin: Serendipity

Ferran Adria (Spanish chef, world’s best cook): Soul

Francis Ford Coppola: Hope. Esperanza

George Carlin: Balalaika (The musical instrument, “it’s just so good to say it”), Skylark (“is a lovely word and it evokes a lovely thing of course.”)

George Clooney: Shitzu (“because you can say it on TV.”)

Gerald Ford: Affirmative

Gloria Estefan: Houndation. Weirdness. Plethora

Harrison Ford: Perfect

Helen Hunt: Kiss

Hillary Clinton: Love

Homer Simpson: Marshmallow

Hugh Grant: Posh

Hugh Jackman: Panache

Hugh Laurie (Doctor Gregory House): Marsupial (an animal)

James Cameron: Can’t

James Franco: Scotch (“just because I like the way it sounds.”)

James Gandolfini: Pickle

Jennifer Aniston: Norman (with a tear in her eye, referring to her 15-year-old Welsh corgi-terrier mix, who died)

Jennifer Lopez: Love

Jim Carrey: Yes

John Cusack: Kinkajou

John Goodman: Hiya

John Travolta: Ambrosia

Johnny Depp: Why

Jude Law: Dad

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Imply

Juliette Binoche: Reconciliation

Kevin Spacey: Welcome

Kiefer Sutherland: Gravitas (“It’s Latin.”)

Larry King: Why

Liam Neeson: Contentment (“I love being content.”)

Liza Minnelli: Swell

Lucille Ball: Beauty

Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer, Nobel Prize winner): Liberty

Mark Hamill (actor, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars): Pixilated

Mary Kay: You can!

Meg Ryan: Authentic

Melanie Griffith: Exponential

Meryl Streep: Coconut milk

Michael Caine: Tomorrow

Michael J. Fox: Utopia

Michio Kaku: Falsifiable

Mike Nichols: Thighs

Milos Forman: Discombobulated

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Natalie Portman: Languer

Nicolas Cage: Grace

Norm Crosby (comedian): Apocryphal

Patricia Nixon: Caring

Paul Newman: Try

Ralph Fiennes: Heart

Ray Bradbury: Ramshackle. Cinnamon

Robert De Niro: Refinement

Robert Downey Jr.: Print

Robin Williams: Cloaca. Abbondanza

Ronald McDonald: Laughter

Ronald Reagan: Home

Rose Kennedy: Faith

Russell Crowe: Pusillanimous

Salma Hayek: Evolution

Sam Worthington: Boobies

Sarah Jessica Parker: Fetching

Sean Penn: Hi

Shakira: Mellifluous (that’s her favorite word in Spanish)

Sissy Spacek: Yes

Stephen King: Tenebrous

Steven Spielberg: Yes

Tim Robbins: Mellifluous

Timothy Forbes: American

Tom Cruise: Yes

Tom Hanks: Dad

Whoopi Goldberg: Amour

Will Ferrell: Me

Will Smith: Antidisestablishmentarianism (being against the system)

Sources:

“Inside the Actors Studio”, a TV show on Bravo hosted by James Lipton
“The Logophile’s Orgy: Favorite Words of Famous People”, a book by Lewis Burke Frumkes. New York: Delacorte Press, 1995
“My Word!” a book by Vick Knight. Publisher: Aristan Press, Canyon Lake, CA; First Edition (January 1996)
Other places on the web

Bonus:

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes

 

 

Favorite Word Quotes

 
“…All I know is what I have words for.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953

“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.” – Confucius

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888

“Words are playthings of the mind.” – Phyllis Diller

“Words have weight.” – Stephen King, On Writing

“Memories fade but words hang around forever.” – Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse

“Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” – Jim Rohn

“A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may lessen stress, a loving word may heal and bless.” – Author Unknown

“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucius

“If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.” – Chinese Proverb

“A word dropped from a song makes it all wrong.” – Author Unknown

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix I:  Some of My Favorite Words with Thoughts

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities