Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I stumbled upon this word post on one of my favorite blogs which listed the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. I choose my favorites off the list and re-posted them below. As a journalism student (both in college and hailing from two journalistic parents), I have grown to realize the importance of words and have also developed a pretty unhealthy obsession with scrabble. That being said,  refresh your vocabulary with some of the words below and feel free to leave a comment with a favorite of your own.

Beautiful Words in the English Language

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Effervescent Bubbly.
Elixir A good potion.
Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Fetching Pretty.
Felicity Pleasantness.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Leisure Free time.
Lilt To move musically or lively.
Love Deep affection.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Plethora A large quantity.
Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
Ripple A very small wave.
Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.


  1. Love the list. There are definitely beautiful words in the english language. ;)

  2. My favorite word is exacerbate. I know, I'm a little immature (it sounds dirty!), but it's just so fun to say! All those "s" sounds & the hard "b" & "t" - love it.

  3. I love it! Especially eloquence...
    Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I really like the word zenith. Have you seen http://www.savethewords.org/ ??? You'll love it.

  5. Luscious. I love the sound of it and the definition. Pure decadence.

  6. OBBBBBVIOUSLY Mama Stocks will loooove this post when I send it to her...wonderful, wonderful post, my dear.

    VERANDA. Always been my favorite word. And whaddya know? It's Hindi. Same with jungle, safari, and jodhpurs. Go figure.

  7. Love the wonderful, beautiful word list!! Fantastic.

  8. Love the list. I like demure and felicity. :)

  9. Thanks for following me, Kate. I love your blog too. It's very fetching! ;)

  10. I had never heard it before, but I am loving the word 'lilt' and its meaning! Thanks for sharing. :)


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