The Harvard Crimson did an interesting interview with Will Shortz last week. Check it out here.
My favorite part is when they ask Will about his favorite words:
Harvard Crimson: Do you have a favorite English word of the day?
Will Shortz: Well I have a favorite English word of all time. The word is U-C-A-L-E-G-O-N. It’s a neighbor whose house is on fire. It doesn’t come up much in conversation.
HC: Do you try and drop it when you can?
WS: Well I hope my neighbor’s house isn’t on fire. It’s hard to imagine it coming up in conversation. What do you do if your neighbor’s house is on fire, do you call the fire department and say “I have an ucalegon?” They’re not going to know what the hell you are talking about.