You can’t avoid the word “pumpkin” this time of year, even if you’re the sort of person who avoids pumpkin flavors or pumpkins themselves.
“Pumpkin” is a fun word. Roll it over your tongue a little.
With its luscious “u,” delicious “m,” and mouth-filling “p,” “pumpkin” contains almost the whole word “yum” and resembles the texture of a well-made pie.
As if anticipating the spices we often use to set off its rich flavor, the “kin” ending alights bright and lively on the mouth at each enunciation.