As in the title, I was creating a list of things I want and couldn't think of a word for the file name. Is there a single word I could use to mean "things I want/desire"?

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    Sometimes you see "desidirata" in formal or scientific contexts. Otherwise, there's always aims, objectives, goals, etc, but these are more abstract, and can refer to concepts like fame as well as concrete objects like a Ferrari. I can't think of a single word which refers only to the latter (concrete, noun) category, but I am reminded of the Stephen King novel "Needful Things".
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:38
  • (In an informal context) Like - something that is liked; a preference: she made a list of her likes and dislikes.
    – user66974
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:41
  • Hmm, I guess I also remember, when I was a kid, the annual ritual of drawing up a Christmas list (or, more inclusively, a wish list) for Santa to fulfill.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:45
  • @Josh, where I'm from, a "like" is more akin to a "pick", as in "Who do you like in the big game?".
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:46
  • Wants is pretty obvious. Oct 15, 2014 at 12:47

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Per my comments, I'm going to suggest "wishlist", as in:

A 25' yacht is on my wishlist


My wishlist includes a yacht and an island to sail it to.

As I said earlier, alternatives include "desiderata", in scientific or formal contexts, "objectives", "goals", or "aims" for more abstract desires (particularly as the result of your own efforts), and Needful Things if you're trapped in a Stephen King novel.

  • A very ambitious list :))
    – user66974
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:51
  • @Josh, I'm sure Santa will come through ;)
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15, 2014 at 12:54
  • 25'? Too small. I'd wish for a 75'yacht. No less.
    – Centaurus
    Oct 15, 2014 at 13:02

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