For this week's Top 10 column, we have asked our junior reporters what their favourite English words are and why? Here is what they have to say

1. Hypocrite

It doesn't sound as demeaning as other ludicrous nouns such as "faker", "two-faced", or "cheater". Also, I feel like a native speaker when I use this word. But I certainly try not to be a hypocrite.

Fong Hui-yi

2. Wonderstruck

It gives me a wonderful feeling and reminds me how beautiful life can be. I love being wonderstruck.

Nola Yip

3. California

My favourite word is the name of a US state. It brings to mind sunny beaches, juicy fruits, Hollywood movies and lots and lots of fun!

Wong Oi-man

4. Gamer

The word was first used in the 17th century. It used to mean an athlete or a physically fit man who's ready for anything. Funny how it's changed to mean something so different now!

Emmanuel Hui

5. Doppelganger

Meeting your doppelganger can be a magical moment, both in literature and the real world. The word has been borrowed from German, and it's my favourite English word. Now where's my doppelganger?

Tacye Hong

6. Chrysanthemum

The name of this flower is a very simple word in Chinese. However, in English, it is very difficult to spell or even pronounce. But that just makes the word so special. Once you remember this word, though, you will never forget it.

Sonia Tsui

7. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

This famous made-up word is from the all-time classic musical Mary Poppins. What's cool about it is not that it's long but that it makes no sense at all! If you want to beat someone in a game of hangman, this is the best choice!

Jocelyn Chan

8. Why

My favourite word is "why". Why? Because without curiosity, the human race would never have advanced. People wouldn't have the motivation to invent new things. But sadly, this word is so commonly used that we sometimes forget why we should keep asking "Why?"

Kate Ng

9. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

Medical students will know this "fake" word because it allegedly has something to do with inflammation of the lungs. I hardly use this word in daily conversation, though.

Jenny Tong

10. Woof

This was the first word I learned to say. Memory!

Dennis Goodboy

Next week:

The Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner. We have been seeing a lot of mooncakes out there already with ground-breaking shapes and taste-bud-blowing flavours. For next week's Top 10, we'd like to know how you would design your new mooncakes to attract customers. Send your answer, together with your name, to now, with "top10_mooncake" in the subject bar.



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