Mighty Red Pen

March 21, 2009

A beautiful word is like a great work of art

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:10 pm
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Hat tip to Molie, who shared this little tidbit: the 100 Most Beautiful Words in English, according to AlphaDictionary.com. They include bungalow, ethereal, plethora, and serendipity. Also included is one of my favorites, murmur. They do not include some of my other favorites, for example, whisper, wishbone, and ubiquitous

What words do you consider the most beautiful?



  1. I’m fond of melancholoy, vox, flummoxed, luminous, and sylvan. And since my boss used it in a meeting I also have a soft spot for ‘obstreperous’ even though it sounds slightly diseas-ish.

    I agree with you about ubiquitous. It has a lovely sound.

    Comment by Tentative Equinox North — March 21, 2009 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t have a definitive list of my own, but how about ‘parallelogram’? I also like it when a word becomes another part of speech and the stress moves, causing the pronunciation of that word to change significantly – for example ‘maniac’ and ‘maniacal’. Can I pick ‘maniacal’ as a beautiful word?

    Comment by JD (The Engine Room) — March 23, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  3. I am fond of sesquicentennial and defenestrate.

    Comment by David — March 23, 2009 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t really consider them beautiful; I like words that are “fun”–gallivant is one of them.

    Comment by TootsNYC — March 25, 2009 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  5. Yow, I’d be hard pressed to keep a list like that under 100. The combination of sound, meaning, and fun are what I like to see together. I’ll throw in refulgent, embouchure, and kerfuffle.

    Comment by Byron — March 26, 2009 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

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