The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wait . . . what? Isn't that subjective? I suppose it is. 

THIS list, however, was compiled by Robert Beard, who has been making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for more than 40 years. 

For five years, he wrote the Word of the Day at yourDictionary.com. Since 2004, he has written 1,500 words in the series. 

Below is a list of his favorite words and their definitions—and now that you have them, you can use them every day (they're very schmancy you know).


Please note, there's not a YOLO or an epic in the bunch . . . or fetch (stop trying to make fetch happen - it's not going to happen).

4 comments:

Ray Lambert said...

Wow, English really has pursued other languages down dark alleyways to beat them unconscious to rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

Donna Walkush said...

Perhaps, but I think I prefer that method of vocabulary acquisition to leaving it to today's "youth" - sometimes an OMG just won't suffice.

Anonymous said...

Just saying some of these words is a pleasure!

Robert Kenney said...

There is a diaphanous quality to this entire list, conjuring a riparian picnic on a hazy, summer's afternoon in the English countryside. Many of these words fit the romantic mood and femininity of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Perhaps there is in this list a yearning for the more halcyon aspects of the Victorian era as well. I think Conan-Doyle or Kipling could—and probably often did—pull any of these out of the ether when needed. Except perhaps Susquehanna.

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