Its struck me recently how frequently I use the word "stuff".
what a handy little word - it can mean almost anything, and the sibilance of the 't' and the 'ff' are so satisfying. Maybe they subconsciously provide a kind of finality - like a full stop - reassuring that theres no need to bother thinking of a better, more specific word.
Its funny though, that I enjoy such a lazy and cover-all short-hand sort of word, when I'm also quite appreciative of "proper" vocabulary. Words with specific, complex, nuanced meanings.
Suggestive words - evocative, ambiguous, interesting. Alliterative. Onomatopoeic. (yes, i admit it. just checked the dictionary for spelling of onomatopoeic. Had got it nearly but not quite right)
Synonyms, antonyms and ... other kinds of words ending in 'nym'.
One of my best friends particularly shares my love of words and we have been known, in the past, to find entertainment reading aloud from the thesaurus.
In fact, last time I saw this particular friend we were reduced to tears of hysteria over some silliness about possible names for a cattery.