Thursday, August 20, 2009

The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English...

Ailurophile A cat-lover.
Assemblage A gathering.
Becoming Attractive.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat's eye.
Comely Attractive.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Desuetude Disuse.
Desultory Slow, sluggish.
Diaphanous Filmy.
Dissemble Deceive.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Effervescent Bubbly.
Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
Elixir A good potion.
Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
Emollient A softener.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
Evocative Suggestive.
Fetching Pretty.
Felicity Pleasantness.
Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
Fugacious Fleeting.
Furtive Shifty, sneaky.
Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.
Glamour Beauty.
Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk
Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue To infuse, instill.
Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.
Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.
Ingénue A naïve young woman.
Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Inure To become jaded.
Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.
Lagniappe A special kind of gift.
Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.
Leisure Free time.
Lilt To move musically or lively.
Lissome Slender and graceful.
Lithe Slender and flexible.
Love Deep affection.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Moiety One of two equal parts.
Mondegreen A slip of the ear.
Murmurous Murmuring.
Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Opulent Lush, luxuriant.
Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.
Panacea A solution for all problems
Panoply A complete set.
Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.
Penumbra A half-shadow.
Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.
Plethora A large quantity.
Propinquity An inclination.
Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.
Quintessential Mose essential.
Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
Ravel To knit or unknit.
Redolent Fragrant.
Riparian By the bank of a stream.
Ripple A very small wave.
Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
Sempiternal Eternal.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.
Sussurous Whispering, hissing.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Tintinnabulation Tinkling.
Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.
Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.
Vestigial In trace amounts.
Wafture Waving.
Wherewithal The means.
Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

are those really the 100 most beautiful words in english? which are your favourites?

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  1. see, this is why your blog is stunnging.
    my favorite word is through, that's why i named my blog to that ;)

  2. ahhh, I LOVE THIS! my favourite word in english is probably 'lot', even though it's not really beautiful just funny.

  3. I think melancholy is a beautiful word. I was really quite melancholy when I saw it wasn't on the list.

  4. Okay so this is fucking brilliant!
    I love it! I like the word "grotesque" but it's almost the same in most languages.

  5. I love this entry, and I love words/language.

    x Ingrid

  6. I like unravel better than ravel, and cigarette is missing. But a nice list. There are so many words I love, like, cellophane, lark, velvet...

  7. My favorite word is 'non-chalant'. It's beautiful when said with an accent.

    I love this post.

  8. ethereal is mine, and id use it to describe you and your art:) ps, DPP is an editing program used to edit RAW pics as well...


  9. Amazing post. Ive always liked the word demure.

    So following your blog because of this post. I love it.

  10. ich könnte 90% nicht aussprechen haha
    ich kann mich nicht entscheiden..ripple mag ich glaube ich am liebsten
    wortverliebt wortverliebt wortverliebt !

  11. my personal favorite.. phantasmagoria

    from the list.. panacea, evanescent, ethereal, conflate



  12. woher hast du das denn? das ist ja wundervoll.

  13. I think "insensate" is an amazing amazing word.

  14. nice, but more french and latin than english. i love english words like "wave", "velvet", "tiny, "bracelet", "smooth", "umbrella"...and many more.



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