08 June 2011

Word of the Week - Affable

Do you feel like your vocabulary could do with a little zhushing? Then this space is for you!
Each week I unearth a new word to play with.  If you would like to join in, you can write a post incorporating this weeks' word, then come back and leave a comment with your post link so that we can all read your work - it's all about sharing the fun after all.

pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial;warmly polite: 
eg: an affable and courteous 'blogger'.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable smile.

This word describes many of you, which is one of the main reasons why I blog - you are so very affable.
Do you try to surround  yourself with affable people in your everyday and Blogging lives? Perhaps you prefer more edgy companions who keep you on your toes, makes you laugh and challenges others?
Maybe it's not that simple and you like to have a mix of friends who stretch or nurture, delight or amuse.

I'd love to hear your take on today's word and if someone comes to mind when you hear this word.
This is who I think of when I hear the word...
{Steve Carrel - one of the most affable people on the planet}
Let's make a BIG list today of the most affable people we know...


  1. I try to ba affable but dont always hit the mark.

    My partner is 100% affable. He makes friends very easily. He has this knack of making people laugh at the most simple things.

    It is great to have a boss that is affable.

    And you Felicity strike me as purely affable.


  2. I think George Clooney looks like an affable chap. I think it's his dimples - just like you too!! x

  3. I don't even think he has dimples. It's his smile though. Affable personified!

  4. My black lab boy, Baron, is affable. When I first brought him home from the shelter, he was so sweet and friendly and eager to please and play. When I'd introduce him to visiting family, I'd say "he's a very affable boy..." he still is. he's laying at my feet now...

  5. This is a personal favourite word of mine. I like 'affable'. It's like 'nice'. It has a reputation of being a bit boring, but if more people in the world were affable, the world would be even more magical. x

  6. Orlando Bloom? Cheryl Cole? Great word, love it xx

  7. MultipleMum emailed this comment through:

    “I associate this word with jolly, (fat) people, like Falstaff.
    It sounds bumbling to me, so I am glad you have chosen it as the W of the W because I learnt something (again!). x

  8. I agree with Maxabella, affable people makes me happy! I like to have them around :)And this sound so you Felicity!
    The word sound like an old french word to me...not sure if my brain is tricking me :)?Sound like I heard it in French litterature at school too??I will have to check :)

  9. Hi Felicity,
    im definitely the one who has the 'mix of friends who stretch or nurture, delight or amuse'.
    I actually have to try to think hard if I know anyone who I would call 'affable'? How strange (for me only obviously) but now that ive had a minute I would have to name my husbands best friend as affable, who none of you know, but it becomes stranger to me that it isnt one of my own friends?? I love the love of words and recently wrote how much I like reading the dictionary.
    Great thought provoking posts you have here...:)

  10. Affable is like a magnet to me - I love being around people who radiate this kind of energy and goodness. I don't find it boring, though I can see why others would say that - I think it's more like an invitation to discover more about who this person is.

    Desmond Tutu comes to mind for me - on the surface he's this sparkly sweet smiling man, then you listen to the power of his words and get swepted away!

  11. Its such a funny sounding word , isnt it? it always first makes me think of `laughable` !! but not! Thankyou for sharing that felicity, i might try and use it tomorrow!!
    Laura x

  12. hey - haven't spent nearly enough time here new blogging pal! Just avoiding the holiday washing (for another whole day...really? yes!) and having a little catch up.
    loving shiny new wellies. Not loving snake (thanks for the warning) LOVE words (the main reason I studied English so long - knew deep down it would get me nowhere!) and liking affable. I guess i do use it in the way that kind of means a little boring (eg; he's perfectly affable) but I will try and use it as it should be.

    Your blog is refreshing...off to check I'm a follower!
    fee x
    beautiful art too

  13. I'm back and playing catch up with my favs! Steve Carell certainly appears to fit the bill, or shall I say word. Wonder if he is affable in real life, hmmm.

  14. Ah, it's a gorgeous word I wish I heard more often, Felicity. And you, my friend, are the very definition of it! J x

  15. Great word! I think I gravitate towards affable people. When I was a flight attendant I observed over the years that there are some people that just like confrontation, indeed they actively seek it out. Now, I actively try to surround myself with easy-going, affable types! x


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