Wednesday’s Word: Predilection
This is a fun word. It means something you really like or are partial to, A good synonym would be ‘preference’. Most people have a predilection for chocolate, for example.
As with many of Wednesday’s words, I enjoy this word because of the sound. Something about it feels light and not quite serious. To say you have a ‘predilection for Italian food’ just seems decidedly more playful than to say ‘I really like Italian food.”
If you’ve ever seen The Sound of Music, there is a song from that film entitled, “My Favorite Things”, that is a perfect example of what someone’s predilections might be, though lyrically, I think “favorite things” works much better than to say, “these are a few of my predilections.”
I thought I’d leave you with a list of a few of my own predilections. Here are a few of my favorite things. Perhaps some of them are yours as well:
Writing when it’s raining.
Hearing my kids laugh (which thankfully happens a lot).
The Sistine Chapel ceilings.
Discovering a good book.
Fire in a fireplace (especially in winter and when combined with the previous predilection).
Listening to well-done radio theater (you should try it, it’s amazing).
Playing guitar (I’m very much an amateur, but I really enjoy it).
Working up a good sweat (not for everyone, I know, but it makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something).
Riding a bicycle.
Traveling off the beaten path.