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What do you think is the most beautiful word in the English language?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2721points) June 3rd, 2008

could it be most beautiful sounding? looking? etc…

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iwamoto's avatar

“rubbish” i realy like that one

jrpowell's avatar


shrubbery's avatar

I quite like the word


shrubbery's avatar

Aesthetic is another one I enjoy.

shrubbery's avatar

Oh and standoffish :P

cschack's avatar

“It’s benign”

shrubbery's avatar

also fortuitous and pedantic.
But I’m sorry, I’ll stop now :P

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Gravitas. It is a word that sounds like what it means.

Vincentt's avatar

Aardvark :)

Hollister0221's avatar

I wonder if people who speak other languages think the English language sounds as beautiful as we think there language sounds like French and Italian etc.

shrubbery's avatar

I’m pretty sure the French think their language is the most beautiful in the world haha joke :p

iwamoto's avatar

hmmm, one for vincent and davey, the best dutch word? mine goes for


Harp's avatar

Mellifluous- looks a bit daunting, but it’s one of those cool words that truly embodies its meaning.

eambos's avatar

Axion – It’s just fun to say.

seVen's avatar

Bliss would be a beautiful word for me as a forigner.

ezraglenn's avatar

“cellar door” anyone?

shrubbery's avatar

I was going to say that, but I resisted. I throw around too many Donnie Darko quotes these days :P Spantastic movie.

waterskier2007's avatar

chlamydia, if you’ve seen Waiting you will know what im talking about

Donato's avatar

I just really love the letter “a”. Lowercase and set in Helvetica is even better.

eambos's avatar

Almost any word sounds funny if you repeat it over and over.

shrubbery's avatar

Yes, and then you get confused and wonder about the meaning too if you say it enough times.

whatthefluther's avatar

ecstasy or ecstatic

Vincentt's avatar

@Hollister – actually, just yesterday I said someone I don’t really consider the English beautiful. Then again, I also wouldn’t consider it ugly like I do German.

@iwamoto – gastronomie is a nice one :)

I think I’d go for “ren” (as in running) off the top of my head, pronounced with that lovely rolling r. Think Ren Lenny Ren :)

whatthefluther's avatar

euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, rapture, joy, peace

shrubbery's avatar

what about


shrubbery's avatar

ooh and


shrubbery's avatar

And one more before I got to bed and stop hogging this thread. I learnt it today reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon:


(Sister Mary Loquacious of the Chattering Order)

JonnyCeltics's avatar

On the Howard Stern show, once, they revealed to their listening audience the results of a survery. The survey’s participants were all people who didn’t understand a word of English, and they were asked to judge a variety of words based on sound alone. The result for the most beautiful word was, diarrhea.

robmandu's avatar

just about anything pronounced with a British accent… or a French accent… or a Spanish accent. I dig the exotics.

and technical terminology is best in a Scottish accent.

playthebanjo's avatar

sustain (can you hear that sustain?) (this one goes to eleven.)

iwamoto's avatar

hahahaha, this one hasn’t even been played before, no, no, no you can’t even look at it

playthebanjo's avatar

glad you caught the reference!

felipelavinz's avatar

I would say “island”... just because the silent “s”

bruhman2000's avatar

chimes, smooth, love, suave, this

bruhman2000's avatar

crystal, charisma, justice, serene, light

iwamoto's avatar

old question, although that’s 2 words, oh, and it’s a hint, let’s hope you get it

ilovemetrostation's avatar

hahah i love the word fly. i dont know why but i use it all the time. ;]

90s_kid's avatar

Belleview. Don’t know why :)

Nikuls's avatar

(pronounced PIYMP)

likipie's avatar

@Vincentt Um, no. A different him.

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