There’s a Word for That

A List of My Favorite Words

Deana Trautz, Reporter

There are almost 200,000 words in the English dictionary as of this year. Some are used for convenience in a conversation, some just look pretty. Over time, I have written down a few that fit both of those categories.

Here is my list:



  1. Believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.


  1. (of a word or phrase) having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language


  1. The willingness to take bold risks.
  2. Rude or disrespectful behavior; impudence.


  1. Of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified.


  1. A brown carbonated drink that is flavored with an extract of cola nuts, or with a similar flavoring.


  1. Knives, forks, and spoons used for eating or serving food.


  1. Put an end to; dispose of decisively.


  1. Person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.


  1. (often with negative or pejorative connotations) a thing that is added or attached to something larger or more important.


  1. Obtain (something) by devious or dishonest means.


  1. Evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one’s own actions or questions.


  1. A prison for people convicted of serious crimes.


  1. A small medicinal tablet, originally in the shape of a lozenge, taken for sore throats and dissolved in the mouth.



  1. a small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party.


My favorites from this list have to be audacity and entitled because they for one thing, sound sophisticated. These two words are very useful and seem to be prevalent in politics and the recent media. I hope that my list lit up the word portion of your brain and you start gathering your own favorite words.