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Monday, February 08, 2010


Hello! And I know what you were thinking! You can't believe it's the second annual February photo giveaway either! Can it be that a whole year has passed us by in the mere blink of an eye? In one long, painstakingly slow blink of a twelve month eye? Yes! It can be.
      Last year I had started up a little photo shop and the giveaway was a means for me to find out what photos you would like to see in it. Alas, the photo shop has closed (a timely death over which I have little to no grief) but I would still like to continue doing the giveaway if that's alright with you. :)
      This year I will be giving away a 10"x10" or 8"x10" or 8"x12" photo of mine of your choosing. It will be printed onto 1.5" thick foamboard. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favourite word is and why. For instance, I have a particular love of the word rhubarb because my lips feel funny when I say it therefore I wish I could insert it daily into unsuspecting sentences:
      "Hey! Is that rhubarb?"
      "Wow, your dress is, like, so rhubarb."
or simply
You may not have a favourite word and that is okay. If so just make one up or, alternatively, sigh in a frustrated manner and type your John Henry into the comment section and you will be included - I could not say no to you. One comment per person and please, no anonymous signers!

© Colleen Hilman
      You may choose a photo like this here leaf.

© Colleen Hilman
Perhaps you would like to stare at the back end of this unsuspecting car for weeks and years to come.

© Colleen Hilman
Maybe you hope this rooster will one day raise his wee roostery beak and look you square in the eye with roosterful friendship.

© Colleen Hilman
How about him?

© Colleen Hilman
He wants you, doesn't that count for something? All this to say, pick what you'd like - the photos above or any other photo of mine from this blog! If you should win simply peruse and choose. That's right, PERUSE and CHOOSE.
      To recap:
            1. let me know your favourite word and why
            2. one entry per person
            3. no anonymous entries
I will leave the comment section open until midnight PST March 7th and post the winner on March 8th. I will choose the winner by a good, old-fashioned name pulling out of hat. Please make sure to check back so that you can contact me if you've won.
      Good luck to you all!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is two words okay?

I always liked the way the words 'cellar door' sounded, kinda French, somewhat foreign and mysterious, and saying makes your mouth into interesting shapes. 'Cellar Door...cellar door'

Trevor Friesen

8 February 2010 at 09:43  
Blogger Nan said...

I've been fond of the word - not what it means! - 'chaos' for a long time. When I was a young reader, and hadn't yet heard it pronounced, I thought it was chay-ose. When I finally heard the real word spoken, I was so delighted with its real sound, and that delight hasn't left me all these years later.:<)

8 February 2010 at 10:37  
Anonymous Susan said...

Funny you should ask because I have always had a chuckle over the words 'purple' and 'doily'... I've just always thought they sound and feel funny when I say them... not that 'doily' is often used in my everyday speech.

These days, living in a bilingual home, I have been having fun using the french word 'franchement'... especially with attitude.

Thanks for the fun! :)

8 February 2010 at 11:43  
Anonymous gardenmama said...

WHAT!!! I SIMPLY CAN"T BELIEVE SOMEONE WROTE CELLAR DOOR!!! lol that is *exactly* what I was going to write! How strangely interesting we share an interest in this french sounding word for something so ordinary! I remember my mom sharing with me as a young girl that she always thought the word cellar door sounded so... fancy when rolling off your lips and it stuck with me since! ok I am not going to get over that one : ) I think I must of just shared way too much information here. Well, I do love your word roosterful and would think of it every time I looked at your lovely rooster photo hanging on my wall! ; )

8 February 2010 at 13:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can switch mine to 'vacuum' if you want, it also sounds French to me and I love words with two u's side by each.


Trevor F.

8 February 2010 at 15:30  
Blogger Ada said...

I have to vote donkey. Not only does it bring to mind an instantly lighthearted image, it happens to be my all time tops for the Name Game song. Donkey, donkey, bo-bonkey, banana fanana fo-fonkey, me my mo-mon-key...DONKEY!

8 February 2010 at 17:17  
Anonymous Em said...

Sword. Some word it is - the more I look at it the stranger it gets. The more I try to rationalize the pronuciation the odder it becomes. Sword. Sword-fight, sword-fish, sword. What can I say?

~Em Spencer

8 February 2010 at 20:16  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

I think my new favourite word might be "roosterful"--does that count?

I don't know if I have a favourite, there are so many. I really love the word "faerie", spelled just like that. "Fairy" seems everyday-ish, but "faerie" seems truly magical. I'm not sure why. It must be that the oddities of the spelling make the word itself take on aspects of the meaning it represents. Does that make sense?

8 February 2010 at 23:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yep, I said...butter.

Just like the real thing, it slides off your tongue, and it sounds as creamy as it tastes.

I love butter and butter loves me. All the best cooking and baking is done with butter. It is the most essential ingredient in French cooking (and Ukrainian ;)) and I am craving both right now!

What fixes your blues? A thick slice of fresh bread with a generous smear of butter.

What makes onions roll over and sing sweet tunes? Butter!

What makes my pants hug my hips tighter than a girdle? Butter.

Butter it is!

Love Kel :)

8 February 2010 at 23:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yep, I said...butter.

Just like the real thing, it slides off your tongue, and it sounds as creamy as it tastes.

I love butter and butter loves me. All the best cooking and baking is done with butter. It is the most essential ingredient in French cooking (and Ukrainian ;)) and I am craving both right now!

What fixes your blues? A thick slice of fresh bread with a generous smear of butter.

What makes onions roll over and sing sweet tunes? Butter!

What makes my pants hug my hips tighter than a girdle? Butter.

Butter it is!

Love Kel :)

8 February 2010 at 23:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you didn't get it the first time I posted it again but then that violates the post only once rule! Mais non! Please don't kick me out of the contest, I so want to peruse and choose!

Hugs and hugs (with honey on top!),


8 February 2010 at 23:37  
Blogger Dickie Chick said...

"Samwich". I like it because that's how it rolls off my tongue without even thinking. Yep "Samwich" it is. An ordinary "Sandwich" just won't do I tell ya.

9 February 2010 at 08:09  
Blogger Christina said...

This is fun! Often when I'm having a slow moment and my brain is just wafting back and forth, I'll mull over a word or string of words and let them roll around my head, just because it's nice. And then sometimes I wonder if I'm thinking of a real word or not.

Mine would be "scrumptious". It's practically a physical word in your mouth, not to mention a bit sexy and cute and sweet all at once, especially when you say it with a little smile. Mmm... scrumptious!

9 February 2010 at 10:44  
Anonymous OK Mama said...

My funny word is "awry".....until I heard it on the radio a few years ago as "a-wry"....."a-wry/"????....I had always pronounced it as "aw/-ree".

10 February 2010 at 17:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea for a contest and oh, such great words already: doily, how I love it and sword; a childhood favourite... but...hmmmm, what about Votive (a throaty word echoed by frogs & toads the world over) A portal to lush imagery of votive prayers whispered in candlelit meetings; surreptitious journeys through a labyrinth of catacombs with flowing robes and tattered scrolls of parchment, wrapped in leather bands...One could write an entire novel using votive as the jumping off point - yup, Votive it is!

Still quietly following your wonderful adventures...Sam

11 February 2010 at 10:15  
Blogger jenna said...

Great words from these people.
I like noodle, I'd like it more if it were noodleoodleoodle.
I also love italian words but I won't write them down because they need the right intonation, and loudness and hand gestures.

11 February 2010 at 12:56  
Blogger Sonya said...

I've been trying to think of my favorite word for a few days now and as it turns out, I love a lot of words. I guess if I had to narrow it down to one though it would be twilight. It just smacks of romance and beauty and stillness and mystery.

14 February 2010 at 22:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been working really hard to come up with my favourite word but then I realized maybe I should just listen, observe and read and I will happen upon it.

Someone used the word, "pickle" in their FB status the other day (albeit to refer to a person) but I realize that I quite like that word. It kind of sounds like a fork does trying to find a pickle in the jar - it swooshes around, makes hard contact with the jar and then sinks into the green skin. At least that's how I remember it.

I also like palpable and penultimate which makes me think I have an affinity for words that start with 'P.' And obviously I like the word, "piper" - it was
the only name starting with P on the list (maybe that's why it made it in the end). Perfect!

p.s. pickle also rhymes with tickle - what luck!

18 February 2010 at 12:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I forgot to put who I am. Erin likes the word pickle :)

18 February 2010 at 12:08  
Blogger love those cupcakes said...

Hmmm. I'll pick "serendipity" (luck, or good fortune, in finding something good when not looking for it)simply because I like saying it and I like coming across something serendipitously. (See what I did there?). And don't you think it would make a great first name: "Hello, have you met my friend, Serendipity?" Just joking. Sort of.

22 February 2010 at 09:16  
Blogger nan said...

Hi! I'm a different Nan than the one above (we are blog friends and I found your blog through her's... I love your photography, by the way!) My word is "ephemeral." Just love to read it, say it out loud, and think about it.

23 February 2010 at 05:10  
Anonymous Satu said...

Is it okay to choose a non-English word? My favourite is "usva" which in Finnish means "mist". Hearing or saying that word sends me to light summer nights, mist rising from fields, curlews singing...

Loooove your photos!


23 February 2010 at 12:09  
Blogger villagegirl said...

I'm not sure I have a favourtie kind of depends on the day. I do like precarious. It sounds so sophisticated - which i am not. Also the German word wuehl (it should have an umlaut) - I tell everyone in my house not to wuehl through their draws or cupboards. There's just no English comparison.
There you have it - no precarious wuehling. :)

23 February 2010 at 13:37  
Blogger Mindy said...

OK!...ich muss an dieses Werbegeschenk UNBEDINGT teilnehmen. Also, mein Lieblingswort ist UNBEDINGT! cool, oder?

Übrigens freue ich mich auf unser nächste WiederSEHEN! :) Ich habe dich lieb!

24 February 2010 at 03:46  
Blogger Karyn said...

How on earth do I pick ONE favourite word? Although I'm awfully close to picking "sammich" - a slight variation on my dear DickieChick up above. (Think Julie Roberts' mom in "Dying Young": "make him a ham - get a couple good meals out of it and some nice ham sammiches") Best movie ever.
Anyway, I'll tell you what my LEAST favourite word is: panties. There. I said it. It just sounds weird.
If I win, I'm picking the one you posted today - the little white blossom letting me know that spring IS almost here - despite the nasty snowfall I woke up to this morning. :o)

24 February 2010 at 21:19  
Blogger Miss H said...

My favourite word:

Onomatopoeia :)

You say it like this: On-o-mat-o-pee-er

The Definition: Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. It imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes... In simple terms, It is a word which describes the sound of something.

(e.g. animal noises such as "oink", "moo", "roarrr", "meow", "cuckoo-cuckoo" and words like "sizzle").

Why I love this word:

It was first used in: 1577 AD - So its veryyyyy old!

Not only is it fun to say, it sturs a 1000 smiles within me, it is one of the first things we use at school to learn about the world: What sound does a cow make? "Mooooooo" :)

It is a fun and great word, knock-knock jokes, old macdonald had a farm, baa-baa black sheep could not bring so much joy and smiling to so many without the creation of onomatopoeia in 1577AD.

This is why it is my favourite word!! :)

25 February 2010 at 04:46  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

Wombat or weasel. I could say both these words over and over again, partly because I love how they both sound, and partly because they conjure up images of very sweet unassuming little fat hairy things just ambling about doing their own thing. Probably why I also like the word badger.

I also like Jenna's choice, which is noodle. I love this word as well and agree it should be noodleoodloodle.

It's very difficult to narrow it down to just one, but maybe wombat gets my vote.

I'm so glad the world now knows this, I have been itching to tell everyone what my favourite words were for ages.

28 February 2010 at 02:01  

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