"Nice word," I whispered. "How come?"
"Cause I can spell it!" she snapped. (I suspect that she didn't like me very much, an impression confirmed in later years.)
Not wanting to be outdone, I wrote "Renaissance."
"Yours is good too," she said. "What made you choose it?"
"Cause I know what it means and how to pronounce it," I said, insinuating she did not. (Such quips are probably what triggered her dislike for me in the first place.)
Since those days I have come across a multitude of mellifluous, mouth-filling words: apotheosis cynosure guacamole tequila fellatio kama sutra
My favorite word has changed, though. It is far more simple-sounding and monosyllabic these days, but higher in complexity, meaning and elusiveness...
So if I were to get in a time machine and relive that moment at school, the word I would write would be
Do you have a special word? Or feel free to share any word of interest...
PS I recall that Miss Fleming really liked the Bee Gees (after all, the year was 1979) and maybe she was inspired by this song when she gave us that exercise...CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE SONG...