The most beautiful word in the English language? Really?

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Script work today has been like pulling eye teeth.  I love these topics, but getting all my thoughts into words is proving a bit challenging.  Consequently, this will be a very light blog post (not nearly as deep as the title might suggest).  And given my current struggles, a “word themed” post seems appropriate!

Quiz: What is the most beautiful-sounding word or compound word in the English language?

Really, think about it.  I’ll wait…

Got an answer?  Wondering if it will match the experts?  The check out this entry on Dictionary.com’s “Hot Word’s” blog (no looking at the link’s URL; that would be cheating!): “What are the most beautiful words in English? Prepare to be surprised by what some experts say”

9 thoughts on “The most beautiful word in the English language? Really?

  1. This is what I put in reply (leaving out the word chosen in the article):

    The most beautiful word in the English language? Why, “beautiful”. Really. That was the first thing that came to mind. Much nicer than “[J.R.R. Tolkien’s pick, much as I admire him – he did, after all, invent the Elvish family of euphonic languages]”.

    The most beautiful word in any language? I propose that it’s the one and only combination of semi-consonants and vowels that produces all the overtones of the harmonic series in “overtone chanting”, if I understand what Jill Purce (UK) has brought out in my presence: the proper pronunciation of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, in the Pi’el stem, “Yehawweh” (in overtone chant, “i-a-o-u-eh-ee”, close enough).

  2. Christine Featherston

    The most beautiful word in the english language is forgive / forgiven /
    It sounds good, feels good, looks good.

  3. Ed Ewert

    What seems to make a word beautiful to me has to do mostly with what feeling it evokes in me. Golden chimes: very nice. Silver chimes: even nicer. The silver bells in my mind look even more attractive than the golden bells.
    Another example: Dawn is very nice, but don is ordinary.

  4. Linda Patterson

    How about the most beautiful word in the english or any other language is God.
    Everything there is is God’s, created by Him with it’s own special perpose.
    Or it could be two words to bring other things to mind, GOD IS!

  5. Norbert

    I would say individual words are like artwork. Highly subjective but nevertheless they have the potential of being beautiful within a proper context. It would not be too rare for anyone of us to have experienced their pictoral beauty at one time or another.

    “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Pr 25:11)

  6. Ajaz

    god is most beautiful word in the english language actually not particularly for any religion but for everyone living in this world and in all the languages!!!!

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