We saw an on-line feature today about the 10 Favorite Words of people in the U.S.
We looked to see how they determined this, but found it was a silly promo listing a bunch of whimsical words, and if there is anything we do not like in general it is whimsy. We don't even like the word whimsy.
But it reminded us of a real person with a real favorite word, for a real reason, our friend Anne.
Anne asked us out of the blue one morning whether we had a favorite word. It was one of those questions you ask when you would like to be asked it yourself. But we bit and didn't mind; we like Anne and she doesn't normally talk that much, and we like to encourage expression.
So we said,
- No, Anne, do you?
- I do.
-What is it?
- It's the word "muffin."
We pondered this and thought of a couple of possible reasons why, neither of which we hoped was the reason; so we asked. Why muffin?
"Because," Anne said. "Because there is the word 'muffin,' I don't have to say, 'I eat cake for breakfast every morning.' "
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