Favorite words

Words, names, and expressions that for one reason or another, or no reason I can determine, I find appealing. It is the sound and morphology of the word, not its meaning, that determines its presence on the list.

subordinated debenture

passerine

Erich Maria Remarque

pusillanimous

puissant

Nutmeg of Consolation

scarlet tanager

thermodynamics

thermonuclear

carapace

escarpment

perforce

organelle

transcendental deduction of the pure categories of the understanding

Arhat

roundel

barbette

fuselage

inlet cone

exhaust petal

Gaugamela

hippocampus

Berber

trebuchet

BOHICA (Bend Over, Here it Comes Again)

Highest binding energy per nucleon

arrant

Cromartie

Fausto Carmona

Anna Paquin

palanquin

echelon

withal

fain

Slaughterbench of history

Nature red in tooth and claw

archangel

Archangelsk

Herodias

Plantagenet

leveret

reprove

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

tropopause

arrester hook

kobold

aquifer

chelicerae

Samothrace

revenant

Agrippa

Nerva

Trajan

abstemious

larva

imago

Godolphin

Godalming

Westenra

replevin

pipistrelle

fledermaus

vedette

voivoda

Perfume River

Fort Necessity

revetment

évêque

exchequer

peridot

frigate

clipper (sailing ship)

agitprop

nomenklatura

procurator

proconsul

auto da fé

Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg

Valeria Messalina

Rafael Merry del Val

Armand-Jean du Plessy, Duc de Richelieu

Field Marshal

Generalfeldmarschall

Oberst

Colonel-General

pit viper

fer de lance

vulpine

raptor

clade

taxon

hallucigenia

rapier

death adder

harlequin

depleted uranium penetrator

armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot

chemin de fer

flechette

terminal velocity

peregrine falcon

stooping (falcon diving on prey)

kestrel

Cardinal (ecclesiastic)

afterburning turbojet

turbofan

variable geometry

thrust vectoring

nacelle

Flavian Dynasty

Vespasian

laminar flow

School of Velocity

Lavrenty Beria

Cheka

Gestapa

Reichsicherheithauptamt

30 degree down angle on the bow planes

all ahead flank

right full rudder

enfilade

Transvaal

veldt

Sanhedrin

Sulla

Catilina

belay

countermand

reversed and remanded