Four Favorite Words 5 comments


At my former place of employment, I once asked some of my coworkers what their four favorite words were at that moment. It was amusing to see the confusion on their faces and field all the “What do you mean, what are my four favorite words?” More on that in a moment, first a little history…

To be honest, the idea behind my question originated after watching an episode of Chuck (Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp, Season 1 Ep. 5, to be precise). The dialogue for those who are unfamiliar with the episode goes like this:

Ellie: Chuck’s not here, Morgan.
Morgan: My four favorite words.
Ellie [after Morgan sits next to her]: Get out.
Morgan: Not favorites, but at least we’re dialoguing.
Ellie: He’s on a date with Sarah. I’ll tell him you stopped by.
Morgan: I would appreciate that. He’s supposed to be helping me right now. If I don’t become a better salesman by tomorrow night, I could get fired. Although, I guess I could just crash here until I land on my feet.
Ellie: As inspired as that makes me to help you, I would rather just change the locks.
Morgan: I’ll let myself out.
Ellie: Now my four favorite words

It got me thinking about what my four favorite words are and wondered what others would select. I didn’t want to limit it to a four word sentence, so I asked what four individual words people liked enough to dub them favorites. The words could be as long or as short as people wanted, I was looking for words that people had stuck in their heads (you know, similar to the earworm you get after hearing someone hum, whistle, or sing a song) or something that felt good rolling off the tongue. It was often comical and always an interesting look into other people’s psyche.

Since so much of our lives are influenced by the moment an event happens, it was fun to check back with my coworkers to see how their favorite words changed. Right now, my four favorite words are (in no particular order):

  • Galapagos
  • Tranquility
  • Donnybrook
  • Plunk

For the record, this is probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve asked this question and my favorites have changed each time. So, I’ll pose the question to you readers:

What are your four favorite words right now?

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