There are some words that are worth cherishing entirely for their decorative purposes.
Mistigris, for example.
Mistigris is a French word, and even though it's been around in English since the 1800s you still say it in the French way: MISTiGREE.
Why do I like it so much? I think it's because it sounds like a mixture of mist, mystery, and ambergris (which, although it comes from sperm whales, is said to smell lovely).
A mistigris is a blank card or joker - a wild card - a totally random piece of good luck that makes your hand more powerful.
You'll find a mistigris in one form of poker, and mistigris can also be used as the name of the game in which a mistigris is used.
I started off by saying that the word mistigris is of decorative value, but it strikes me that saying mistigris is a lot quicker than saying a totally random piece of good luck that makes your hand more powerful.
So perhaps we should start using the word mistigris more often.
Word To Use Today: mistigris. This word is French, from the Old French mistigouri, and means pussycat or jack of clubs.
I'm afraid, though, that the connection between pussycats and jacks of clubs escapes me.