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for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 22 May 2021,favourite.

In all the words that I’ve written,
There is one which I try to avoid.
In the reading of everyone’s writing,
The word “favourite” is over-employed.

I might possibly draw up a shortlist,
But to narrow that list down to one?
I think it’s a task that’s beyond me,
I fear that it just can’t be done.

Is it just me? Several times, somebody has trotted out the question “what is your favourite song?”.

If I’m going to answer that question, I can narrow the field down to perhaps a few dozen tracks, but I don’t think I can squeeze any tighter.

I generally think along the lines that we’re all basically the same, that there’s nothing that really makes me any different to anyone else, yet the weird thing is, people seem to give an answer: My favourite ever track is X by Y.

So I’m left scratching my head. Do people really have one track they like above all others? Or, did they just pluck one track from a pool, for the sake of answering that prompt question?

I’m thinking specifically about music, but I guess this applies to any artform. Favourite book, author, movie, painting etc. etc.

Thoughts welcome.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

14 thoughts on “Overused”

  1. I agree. I can’t even pick a favourite colour. It all depends on context. Colours look great among complimentary colours and in particular settings. Songs are great for particular moods and occasions. Of course, I have songs I love, but like you I couldn’t pick one favourite. Or a favourite food. Or a favourite book. Too hard. Too hard.

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  2. I agree most folks would simply pull one out of a basket of whatever they like. Our taste change as we grow up and what was a favorite at 16 may not be now, but we still recall it and smile when we hear it. I can’t imagine a super fav of anything.

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  3. I love the word favourite – simply defined as best loved. It doesn’t need to be singular because as the song says – “These are a few of my favourite things!” 🙂

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