Monday, March 22, 2010, 8:45 AM
What word do you really love?
How well do you know your FR Authors? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can expect an update to the author roundtable, featuring many of our best Forgotten Realms authors’ answers to the world’s most important questions, right here on this blog. Submissions for new questions welcome through private message.
READER: What's your favorite word?
Elaine Cunningham(co-author of The City of Splendors): “Schadenfreude.” This word sums up why I love the German language. There’s no single-word equivalent in English. (Friend Elaine)
Ed Greenwood (author of The Sword Never Sleeps): I have lots of them. “Indubitably” is one. “Chatoyence” is another. Then of course there’s “paycheck.”
Richard Baker (author of Avenger): “Dovetail.” It’s the word I used to empty all 7 letters on my rack in a game of Scrabble the first time I ever managed to do it, and score that big fat 50 point bonus. (Friend Richard)
Mark Sehestedt (author of The Fall of Highwatch): Vladivostok.
Richard Lee Byers (author of Unholy): “Allez!” (It’s what the director of a fencing match says to start the action.)
Jak Koke (author of The Edge of Chaos): So hard to choose; there are so many great words. Verbs, nouns and adjectives, oh my. Here’s a great one: diaphanous. (Friend Jak)
Erin Evans (author of The God Catcher): “Cathedral.” I like saying it. Cah-theee-dral. (Friend Erin)
Philip Athans (author of A Reader’s Guide to R.A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt): I love swear words with that hard K sound. So, so satisfying, even though I made a New Year’s resolution not to swear anymore. Crap! still is okay, and I can shout to the dog when he’s barking at the neighbors: “Shut your cake-hole!” (Friend Philip)
Erik Scott de Bie (author of Downshadow): Apropos. (Friend Erik)
Jaleigh Johnson (author of Mistshore): I love the words surreal and serendipity. They just roll off the tongue, kind of like sociopath, but that’s not nearly as romantic. (Friend Jaleigh)
Rosemary Jones (author of City of the Dead): Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I’m still blown away that Julie Andrews can sing it backward. (Friend Rosemary)
Bruce R. Cordell (author of City of Torment): Perhaps. My editor would say I love it way too much. (Friend Bruce)
James P. Davis (author of Circle of Skulls): Exsanguinate. It just sounds so clinical and horrifying. (Friend James)
Lisa Smedman (author of Ascendancy of the Last): Ginormous. A blend of gigantic and enormous. A BIG word that’s worth using.
go to previous question, “Rebels without a Cause”
go to next question, "Superpowers"