i had a long time to think in the car yesterday. i revisited an exercise that Tracy had us do in his prose style class and i thought i’d share my list of favorite words:

terse adj. abruptly concise; curt; (it sounds just like it is. brief, cold)

lovely adj. delightful; highly pleasing (three distinct rolling vowel sounds. makes me think of a vine)

complex adj. characterized by a very complicated or involved arrangement of parts, units, etc. (just look at the lines of the letters–they’re going in all different directions. reminds me of a model of a polygon)

compelling adj. having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect (that p just pushes you forward, whether you like it or not)

yet conj. And despite this; nevertheless (it’s like a quick 180 degree turn in the middle of the sentence)

incentive adj. inciting, as to action; stimulating; provocative (the stress on the middle syllable seems mysterious & attractive)