I thought it’d be fun to, every once in a while, share a favorite word of mine. So, here it goes!
Amal·gam·ate (transitive verb)
Definition: to merge into a single body.
I love amalgamate and all its derivations (it’s possible amalgamation is my favorite iteration). While the definition seems simple enough, and maybe it is, amalgamate can be versatile. I almost always use it to evoke a sense of assimilation or an unwelcome merging. Even though that’s not strictly in the definition, for me there’s something in the pronunciation, the way it sticks in your mouth, that can imply those things and lend some extra creepiness to a horror story. It feels like it will absorb anything it touches when you say it, although I wouldn’t call it onomatopoeic. It’s not a delicate word; it doesn’t roll off the tongue. Amalgamate lingers in the mind and mouth and allows a writer to build a certain atmosphere when it’s used well, and that’s why I like it.
What are some of your favorite words?