Friday, February 22, 2019

The Most Beautiful English Words by Warren Bull

The Most Beautiful English Words
by Warren Bull

Image by Sharon McCutcheon on Upsplash
According to Kaplan International: he Top 10 Most Beautiful English Words

and I Quote
“There are over a million words in the English language: some with simple definitions, some with beautifully precise meanings, and some that just simply sound more beautiful when spoken. Words are so much more than a meager compilation of letters; they form sentences, paragraphs, books, and stories. Words are a powerful form of communication for someone who wants to share their message with another person. We put together what we consider the top 10 most beautiful words in the English language
 Serendipity (n.)
The chance occurrence of events in a beneficial way. Example: We all have experienced the serendipity of important information arriving just when we were least expecting it.
Petrichor (n.)
The pleasant, earthy smell after rain. Example: Although I do love the pleasant, dewy petrichor of the post-rain afternoon, I still hope the weather stays sunny.
Supine (adj.)
Lying face upwards Example: She was lying supine on the beach chair looking at the sky.
Solitude (n.)
A state of seclusion or isolation. Example: We enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the quiet beach more than ever.
Aurora (n.)
The dawn in the early morning. Example: The aurora over the skyline was too beautiful not to photograph.
Idyllic (adj.)
Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. Example: The blossom growing in the courtyard created such an idyllic setting.
Clinomania (n.)
Excessive desire to stay in bed. Example: I definitely have clinomania; I love sleeping, making mornings a struggle for me.
Pluviophile (n.)
A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. Example: My sister is a real pluviophile; she really enjoys the weather in the rainy season.
Euphoria (n.)
A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness. Example: The euphoria of passing my final example is a feeling I will never forget.
Sequoia (n.)
(A 7 letter word that has the letter Q and all 5 vowels) A redwood tree, especially the California redwood. Example: I love visiting forests where you can see a sequoia.”

 Of course, others might have a different list, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "Lord of the Rings," is famously credited with being one of the first to hold up "Cellar Door" as one of the most beautiful sounding phrases in English.
The British Council, whoever they are, surveyed more than 40,000 people in 102 non-English speaking countries about words that sounded nice, words that have positive meanings, or some combination of the two. Their final list was a fantastic, sophisticated hodgepodge, a loquacious rainbow paradox extravaganza a mother could cherish like a bubble pumpkin lollipop or the gorgeous hope for renaissance by a cozy butterfly, a cute bumblebee and a flabbergasted kangaroo at a hen night.
(I did not know what a hen night was probably because I am not British and I have never been invited to a women-only bachelorette party.)

I think the most beautiful words I have ever heard include, “I love you” and “your
check cleared.”

What words are on your list?  


  1. I don't know if it qualifies as English, but I think one of the most beautiful words I hear is
    Susquehanna, the name of a major river. It comes from a Len'api word meaning Oyster River.

  2. I like Old Testament place names: Bethel, Cannaan, Eden, Goshen, Jericho, Moriah, Shiloh, Zorah.

  3. Warren,

    I like your choices. Aurora particularly pleases me. I envision Homer's rosy-finger dawn.

  4. Warren, I had to smile when I read clinomania, a word I'd never heard of but one I feel every morning, but I can't stay in bed too long because I have my Maggie to let out and then my barn
    animals to care for. Otherwise I'd stay in bed for at least another hour. As for a favorite word I think this time of the year it would be sunshine.

  5. When I was doing book tours in Germany, I learned they have a noun for someone who doesn't like to get out of bed in the morning: Ein Morgenmuffel.

  6. A delicious list of euphonious words. The British council list is strange but fun.