I want to describe a recurring situation that happens in the modern day when people craft an email that is "perfect" in that person's mind, and they end up re-reading the sent message over and over.

Maybe they are re-reading the email because they are satisfied that all the details are covered, or to appreciate the email's conciseness and focus, or even appreciate the tone and word choice.

Relish is the closest I've found, but since I'm describing a person who enjoys the written word, I would hope there is a way to phrase it in a way that is more poetic to the situation. E.g. the word or phrase itself should have special meaning, intellectual or otherwise, to writers.

  • "relish" is excellent, BTW.
    – user98990
    Mar 5, 2015 at 11:04

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I read it again, basking in the glory of my words like a (occupation) returning triumphantly from (some competition).

  • hmm basking in the ___ might work... Mar 5, 2015 at 4:54

Relish is not a bad word for it.

Or perhaps admire.

He admired his (own) accomplishment with (a sense of) relish and hubris.

There probably are quite a few idiomatic/poetic expressions to describe this.


Revelling in your own linguistic artistry.

  • yum. This is pleasant. I immediately smiled when I read this Mar 5, 2015 at 5:27

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