As writers, we all have favorite words. We’ve got words we fall back on out of sheer laziness, words we adore but fear no one else will understand, words that turn us on.
We don’t often think about them — they’re just there, ready for the taking as we write our stories.
So if someone asked you to list the one hundred most beautiful words in the English language, could you do it? Dr. Goodword (Robert Beard) could. He’s been writing dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for 40 years, so I suppose he’s qualified to make that kind of sweeping statement.
He lists the words in alphabetical order, not in order of beauty, so he leaves the judgment call of which word should be #1 to us.
The complete list is here: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/100_most_beautiful_words.html. What do you think? Did your favorite word make the Top 100?
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