OK, so I cheated a bit. Some of these words aren’t even English, but they sound good, so I included them. Here’s my list of awesome words, so enjoy!
1. excelsior – I don’t care what it means. It sounds jubilant and would be a good all-purpose word to take the place of “awesome” and “epic.”
2. sehnsucht – One of those German words that sums up in one word what could be said in a long English sentence. This one means “longing” or “craving.” And it’s the title of a Rammstein song.
3. demasiado – Spanish word meaning “too much.” It sounds so much better than saying “too much” in English.
4. ex nihilo – I cheated again – these two Latin words mean “out of nothing.” My rule of thumb is that nearly everything sounds a lot better in Latin.
5. deterrent – This word probably sounds cool because it has two r’s right in the middle of it. I like the meaning, too: “a thing that discourages”
6. esoteric – One of my all-time favorite words in high school (and still is my favorite today), it means “understood only by a select few”
7. copacetic – Nobody uses this word in speech. And they should. I didn’t know it existed until I heard this song.
8. polemic – One of those really pretentious academic words that Harold Bloom uses in his books. If you use this word in college research papers, your professors will like you.
9. malarkey – Nonsense! It’s a funny word to use.
10. carbuncle – Again, just another funny-sounding word. Basically anything that rhymes with “uncle” is comical.
Hope you enjoyed – let me know what some of your favorite words are! 🙂