Willard Wonders

Dr. Willard Funk, the widely admired dictionary publisher, was once asked to perform a monumental task on the part of a wordsmith: choosing the 10 most expressive words in the English language. Here, to entertain and engage you, is our boy Willard’s top 10 list:

the most bitter word — alone

the most tragic — death

the most reverend — mother

the most beautiful — love

the most cruel — revenge

the most peaceful — tranquil

the saddest — forgotten

the warmest — friendship

the coldest — no

the most comforting — faith

Mmmm … what a fascinating exercise! Which words would I choose, I wonder? To my mind, there’s something powerful, provocative, and useful about this challenge — something that might enliven our work. It may be worth coming up with our own expressive-word entries. Which would you choose? Something to ponder and play with as we all write on!


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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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