As long as I can remember, I have loved words. A single descriptive word or phrase can turn a dull statement into a small story or set a scene.
I love the way words look, and especially the way some words sound. If words had a smell, I imagine they would smell like old books in a library with a pinch of sweet or sour depending on their origins.
A survey conducted by the British Council among 40,000 overseas English learners revealed that “Mother” was voted as the most English word from among 70 listed English words. For each of us the word "mother" must engender different memories or smells.
In this entry though we are looking at words that sound interesting when spoken. There is no agreement about what word is the most interesting spoken word, though a linguist Dr Beard has written a book entitled “The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English.” Some of Dr Beard’s chosen words, along with several others garnered from across the internet as well as a couple of my own, are included for your enjoyment.
Something that is very unpleasant or bad.
Any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family
Neither the one nor the either; or in the middle
The state of no longer being used or practiced.
Very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent; or delicately hazy
Fizzy, sparkling, bubbling; lively, vibrant
A good potion.
Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Short-lived, transient, fleeting
A sudden revelation.
At one time, for a time.
Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Inability to recall the names of people
Vanishing like vapour
Delicate, sheer, flimsy, filmy, transparent
Messenger with news of the future.
Bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
A characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individua
Not harmful or injurious; harmless
Twisting and turning.
Without interest; listless; lethargic; orlazy
To move musically or lively.
Slender and flexible.
Talking or tending to talk much or freely
Richly satisfying to the senses or the mind; or richly adorned
Vague, hazy, imprecise, ill-defined
An unconquerable archenemy.
cure-all, universal remedy, magic potion
A complete set.
Personal belongings or items used in a particular activity; equipment.
Excessively sparing or frugal - or a nice way to say stingy
Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; or hurtful
Overparticular; fussy; or snobbish
Overabundant, surfeit, excess, glut
A magic trick
Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; or rashly unpredictable
By the bank of a stream.
Favorable to or promoting health; healthful:
To be brilliant, animated; to sparkle
Chance, destiny, fate, luck, providence, fortune
The act of speaking to oneself
A tooth of a wheel
Rustling or whispering sound
Cooperative relationship between dissimilar entities
Existing or being everywhere
Small stringed musical instrument
To move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; or to have a wavy form or surface
Of ample size, extent, or fullness
Commotion, ruckus, brawl
A chatterer; babbler
Casual chat or gossip
Trifling, almost valueless; ludicrous, nonsensical
Synonym for sparseness.
Foolish talk; nonsense
Flighty, silly individual
Nonsense, gibberish, drivel
Hangover; distress; depression; or a discordant clamor.
Nonsense, rubbish, gibberish
A child raised by its grandmother; or spoiled child
Pamper, spoil, overprotect
Meaningless or confused speech; complicated, ritualized procedure
Run off, get out, bolt, scarper
Unscrupulous behaviour; devious trick
A long deep breath; sigh (though to me it sounds like the act of drinking sarsaparilla)
Ancient cave dweller; person who has outmoded attitudes
Words that almost seem to describe themselves (I'm sure there are lots more you can think of)
Do you have some words that you love to pronounce? Do you like the way they feel when you roll them around in your mouth? Then please let me know which ones are your favourites.
May your articulation be filled with a plethora of sumptuous and scintillating words.