Words beginning with "H"

 

Haberdashery.

Why? Because of its sound and the vision I get of a happy shop with happy attendants.

Edward O'Rourke

 

 

Happiness.

My favorite word is happiness.  It conjures up thoughts of sunshine, joy, peace, and a wonderful sense of well-being.

Una Wood

 

 

Hello.

I like it, because, other than on the phone, it is terribly under used. People are too busy or too self-involved to bother. I like to follow it up with "How are you," and then actually listen to the answer. It's amazing the response you get from such a simple word.

P. Thrash

 

 

Hemidemisemiquaver.

I've always loved that this eight-syllable word refers to one of the shortest note values in music. We don't use it much in America, but you can still find it in some texts (mainly British, I think): "hemidemisemiquaver" is a sixty-fourth note, which is usually played very quickly. Back in the more poetic 1500's someone came up with the name "quaver" for what we call an eighth note (earlier than that, someone else chose the decidedly less poetic term "crotchet" for what we know as a quarter note). As you divide the eighth note in half, you add prefixes to "quaver" until you get to the delightful "hemidemisemiquaver."

Rick Freyer

 

Hickory.

...because it has a quaintness to it, and gives me this innocent, childhood-like feeling/image. I imagine it to be the sound it'd make if you were walking by a picket fence and were running a stick along it: hick-or-y-hick-or-y...

Yazminh A.

 

 

Hip.

The word, as I've heard, is from the thirties when jazz musicians had returned from the Chinese opium den to their clubs they used the word "hip" to convey their experience and not "let on" to others what they were talking about. "Hip" was the laying on one's hip to smoke the drug or to be "hip."  This was the manner of smoking opium at the time, one laid on their hip and held the pipe out to be serviced by the host of the establishment, lighting the pipe, filling the pipe, etc.

Dwight Frost

 

 

Hoha.

My favorite word is hoha (hoo-ha).  My aunt used to use it all the time when I was little.  I am not 100% sure, but I believe she made it up.  Everybody I meet that learns the word from me, never forgets it. It's got personality. It says so much in one easy, simple and fun sound.  It's a good substitute, and never offensive way to say "annoying," "crazy," "pain in the...," "just not right."  Now you can say, "Don't play with me, I am on my period and I am hoha today."  When your little brother or your friend bothers you, just say, "You are so hoha! Leave me alone!"

Sabrina Merón

 

 

Home.

Home, because there have been so many times when I wished I were there and could not be. During the Second World War, when I was evacuated, along with my school, to a safer place in the country, instead of living in London.

When as a widow I had to leave my children and go to work, wondering if they were OK.

So many times - and how often we all call out I'm home after being away for a few minutes or hours, days or even years.

Dorice Smith

 

 

Hoodwink.

This word just came to me during a talk with my teenage son when I suspected he wasn't quite telling me the whole truth but didn't want to ask if he was lying. I knew there was a word that wouldn't offend and would allow some humor if I was wrong. I asked him if he was trying to hoodwink me and he just looked at me and started laughing saying that can't be a word. We looked it up in the dictionary and there it was. I vaguely remember it from my childhood but haven't used or heard of it in at least 30 years. As it turned out he had been trying to hoodwink me.

Shona Brown

 

 

Hootenanny.

My absolute all-time favorite word is hootenanny.  I think I like it because it sounds like what it is and is just plain fun to say.

This is the definition from Dictionary.com:

hoot·en·an·ny, n. pl. hoot·en·an·nies
An informal performance by folk singers, typically with participation by the audience.
Informal. An unidentified or unidentifiable gadget.

Libby

 

Hosepipe.

It is simply a garden hose, but my Yankee husband made fun of me when I said it. I was vindicated when it was said in an episode of "Are You Being Served," the comedy from England.

Judy Walker

 

 

However.

This word is very useful in polite conversation because it makes changing the direction of a  conversation easy when you are taking the rational side of an argument.

Ingemar Quintero, Venezuela

 

 

Hush.

Hush is the word I think that "explains" what it means. Many old biblical words and, indeed, old English stand out as do hearken and verily but hush is my favorite.

Malcolm Henley

 

 

Hydroplane.

My current favorite word is hydroplane. It comes out fast and ends flat and it goes on and on when you say it out loud. To me, it sounds like slalom water-skier looks when being pulled by a very fast boat on a glassy lake.

Shannon

 

 
 

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