Top Ten Tuesday #390

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, once again, not much to report here, it’s been a fairly quiet week.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so time for another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is Favourite Words. I’m not much of an etymologist, so I’ve mostly not chosen words based on meaning, more that I just find them fun to say! I’ve also mixed in a couple of words from other languages I know a little of, because no one said this just had to be English words. So here we go:

  1. Shenanigans

Tell me you can say this word without smiling? Go on, I dare you. Okay, I will admit, part of my love of this word probably comes from the scene in Moulin Rouge where the Duke is threatening Zidler that he will kill people if there are any “shenanigans” involving Satine and I know it’s meant to be threatening, but it makes me laugh every time! (Yes, I’m aware I’ve seen this movie so many times, I can pick out scene level details, and I’m not sorry about it!).

2. Schnupfen

The German word for cold. I don’t know what it is about the “sh” sound that I like so much, I just find it very pleasing! I remember when we were doing the health topic for our German GCSE, I would always use this word because I just found it so fun to say, so I must have seemed like I had a lot of colds!

3. Hodgepodge

Again, it’s a really fun word to say and I love words that sound like what they mean: a hodgepodge is a confused jumble of things, and the word definitely sounds like a confused jumble!

4. Spiegel

A little bit more German making an appearance: Spiegel is the German word for mirror. This is another one that I just find really fun to say.

5. Scallywag

I know this isn’t really a word people use anymore and is more commonly associated with pirates than 21st century speech, but much like “shenanigans”, it’s a word that I can’t help but smile when I see or hear it.

6. Meerschweinchen

I think I like this one because I was always pleased that I could actually manage to say it. Another German word, this one means “Guinea pig” and literally translates to “little sea pig” which I’ve always thought was really sweet. I’m not really sure where that comes from, I’m guessing that before they were domesticated, maybe guinea pigs were found near the sea, but either way, it sounds nice!

7. Pudding

I’m British, so we’re talking dessert in general here, not the American use of the word “pudding” because generally I hate those kinds of pudding! Again it’s just a fun word to say and always makes me happy because I’m a big dessert person.

8. Estrella

The Spanish word for star, I really love this word because I think it sounds really pretty and has a nice meaning.

9. Superfluous

I love this word because again it’s really fun to say, and much like hodgepodge, the word itself kind of matches its meaning: what is more unnecessary than a long word meaning unnecessary?!

10. Aurora

Another word that I just find very pretty and it seems very fitting to describe such a beautiful natural phenomenon with a very pretty word.

So there we go, some of my favourite words across three different languages (don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not fluent in either Spanish or German, I just studied them at school and remember some of the words! I’ve been trying to improve my Spanish, but I’m still a long way off!). What are some of your favourite words? Do you speak any other languages? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, and yes, it’s once again time for our Halloween Freebie. I definitely feel like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point after seven years of doing Halloween topics, so I’m just going to go incredibly basic this year, and do Favourite Spooky Books. It’s kind of similar to a topic I’ve done before, but that was six or so years ago, so hopefully I’ll have found some new ones since then!


50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #390

  1. dinipandareads 18/10/2022 / 11:32 am

    Shenanigans is a great word and I love using it as often as I can! πŸ˜‚ Aurora is a pretty word as well, and I love hodgepodge and scallywag too although I don’t hear them very often, lol. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:15 pm

      I definitely wish I had more occasion to use it. Yeah those two aren’t particularly commonly used words, but I do find them so fun to say. Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca Trotter 18/10/2022 / 11:36 am

    Schnupfen and Spiegel! This is like having a conversation with my mom πŸ’•

    Thank you for posting this

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:14 pm

      I don’t know why it’s one that stuck in my head from school, I just always thought it was cute, and loved the way it sounded.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you! That’s the only word in another language I know for guinea pigs, but after this I may actually look up some more πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:12 pm

      It seemed to be quite a popular choice last week. Pudding is definitely a funny sounding word πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you! I thought about just doing a full list of English words, but since there was nothing in the brief that said they had to be, I thought I’d have a little fun with it!

      • Emily Jane 25/10/2022 / 7:15 pm

        Fair enough – it worked! πŸ™‚ Plus it’s all about having fun in my opinion!

  3. lindseyhabets 18/10/2022 / 5:31 pm

    Shenanigans and aurora are both such great words indeed! And Spiegel is the same in Dutch (my native language) so that’s a fun one for me too πŸ™‚ Pudding always makes me think of a funny scene in Supernatural, so that’s also a great one!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you! Ah that’s cool. I’ve never actually seen Supernatural believe it or not!

  4. Louise 18/10/2022 / 5:51 pm

    OMG I love how long Meerschweinchen is for something so small! And it has such cute sounds to it!

  5. Rissi 18/10/2022 / 6:40 pm

    Shenanigans is WAY fun. I tend to love words that are unusual or we just don’t hear. I think culture has so many “slang” terms or meanings that we don’t use words like we used to. Now that I see some lists from everyone else, I wish I’d been more organized to create a word list. It would have been fun. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:08 pm

      I also definitely enjoy words that don’t necessarily come up a lot in general conversation, they are fun!

  6. Greg 18/10/2022 / 7:05 pm

    Shenanigans is a fun word! And hodgepodge- the first time I went to a restaurant and they had hodgepodge soup I was like-ooh what’s all in THAT lol?

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you! Ooh I don’t know if hodgepodge soup is something brilliant, or something to avoid…..

      • Greg 25/10/2022 / 5:16 pm

        It wasn’t too bad!

  7. Susan 18/10/2022 / 7:49 pm

    As an American, I’ve always been confused by English “pudding”β€”even after spending a week in the U.K., I’m still confused! Ha ha. The American version is definitely different.

    Happy TTT!


    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:06 pm

      Ha ha we just use it in a more general way than you guys do, and I do get that the fact that we have quite a lot of savoury puddings is quite confusing if you’re not from here!

  8. jennielyse 18/10/2022 / 8:02 pm

    I love the words you shared. They’re all really fun to say, especially hodgepodge. πŸ˜€ Thanks for dropping by.

  9. FangirlFlax 18/10/2022 / 8:54 pm

    Hodgepodge is such a satisfying word! Great list.

  10. agreatreviewer 18/10/2022 / 9:43 pm

    Oh nice words! Hodgepodge is fun! Shenanigans is fun too! Great picks!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  11. WendyW 19/10/2022 / 4:14 am

    What a fun list of words. My favorite on your list is Aurora, it sounds so serene.

  12. Poinsettia 19/10/2022 / 5:03 pm

    I really like aurora and hodgepodge! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  13. deanne01 19/10/2022 / 11:20 pm

    I am loving your list. It’s different.

  14. Leslie 20/10/2022 / 5:09 pm

    Shenanigans is such a fun one. You’ve got a great list!

  15. Svetlana Lib 21/10/2022 / 2:54 am

    Great words, Especially the German ones. Umm what kind of desert is pudding in Britain?

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2022 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you! Pudding is basically a general word for all dessert in UK, but it can also be used for some savoury foods, for instance Yorkshire puddings or black pudding.

  16. Vidya Tiru 21/10/2022 / 5:29 am

    love your list!.. shenanigans is certainly fun to say as is hodgepodge (i tend to try to use that often!!).. And aurora is on my list too.. My TTT is here

  17. Annemieke 22/10/2022 / 6:06 am

    Oh hodgepodge and scallyway are absolutely great as well πŸ˜€

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