Friday, May 1, 2009

The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

For all my "wordy" friends, here's some Friday fun: The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English.

Sez who?

The list was compiled by Robert Beard, aka Dr. Goodword, who has been making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for 40 years. For five years he wrote the Word of the Day at YourDictionary.com and since 2004 he has been writing the series, "So, What's the Good Word?" at alphaDictionary.com.

Without further ado, here's a peek at some of the Top Ten words on the list. For the complete list, go here.

Aestivate -- (verb) to spend the summer, to summer somewhere
Ailurophile -- (noun) a cat-lover, a fancier of cats
Assemblage -- (noun) may be the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
Becoming -- (adjective) The fundamental meaning of becoming is “attractive” but it may refer either to attractive people or attractive behavior (behaviour outside the US), where the meaning leans more toward “appropriate”.
Beleaguer -- (verb)to overburden with troubles
Billet-doux -- (noun) a short love note
Brood -- (noun) a number of young produced or hatched at one time
Bucolic -- (adjective) suggesting an idyllic rural life
Bungalow -- (noun) a one-story cottage
Chatoyant -- (adjective) changing in luster or color

Many thanks to my well-read sister, Theresa, for sending me the link to this list!

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