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cellar door

Many language experts believe cellar door is the most euphonious phrase in the English language. Our discussion of this in a blog post from 2010 prompted hundreds of readers to reply with their top picks for the best-sounding word or phrase in English. The results are eclectic, poetic and exotic. Below are the words that were suggested by the greatest number of people. You’ll also find some of the most colorful and surprising suggestions and comments.

The popular reaction to cellar door was one of skepticism; variations on the term, such as celladora, were suggested. As one person wrote, “Celladora is a very pretty name. It reminds me of an open field, rushing stream of spring water, the sun peeking out from behind the mountains . . .” Unfortunately, celladora is not an actual word.

The most frequently suggested word that was serendipity. Unlike cellar door, which evokes a dank, underground room,  serendipity has the advantage of positive associations. Meaning “an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident,” it derives from an old name for what is now Sri Lanka, as well as a Persian folktale in which the heroes were often making accidental discoveries.

A sampling of other user suggestions, in no particular order: soliloquy, epiphany, Elysium and elysian, scissors, vivacious, fudge, telephony, nycthemeron, cinnamon, woodthrush, phosphorescence, lithe, and languorous.

One commenter submitted the following words, noting that they have “a bumpy, or hill-like, nature” and are “mildly synaesthesiac” (learn exactly what that means, here):

Velvety, purple, Venezuela.

And one person chimed in with a contrary opinion: “I would like to vote “moist” as the most gross-sounding word in the English language.”

What’s your reaction to these reactions? Do you have a favorite that isn’t on this list? Let us know below.

2,053 Comments

  1. Emma -  June 3, 2016 - 3:38 pm

    Personally, I like the word Chocolate. Mmmmm. It sounds good, and conjures the most delicious image…
    I’m also a fan of Caramel, Pepperoni, Pistachio, and Vanilla.
    Anything related to food, really.

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  2. McKay -  March 30, 2016 - 6:33 pm

    Clairvoyance
    Diatribe
    Skedaddle
    Alimony
    Frost
    Hymnal
    Cyan
    Euphoria
    Resplendent
    Mystique
    Aerial
    Whisper
    Chasm
    Lucid
    Camaraderie
    Diaphanous
    Macabre
    Pique
    Coalesce
    Bourgeois
    Cacophony
    Visceral
    Clandestine
    Rhapsody
    Insidious
    Alight
    Conundrum
    Florid
    Epistolary
    Maelstrom
    Hypocrisy
    Quintessence

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    • margo elise rennian -  April 19, 2016 - 12:51 pm

      I think “maudlin” is something sweet.
      It means to be tearfully sentimental and longing for something (or someone) from your past.
      That is profound and beautiful, almost heartbreaking, and it reminds me of the book Walk Two Moons.
      Consequently, I also love “lachrymose,” which means the same thing.

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  3. Kiki -  February 21, 2016 - 2:24 am

    My favourite english word is ‘wondrous’.
    In spanish I think the most beautiful is ‘penumbra’ and I wish the translation in english would sound as good…

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    • candycoke4 -  March 10, 2016 - 11:51 am

      i like saying “rats!” when i make a mistake and “good grief!” when someone exasperates me. my brothers get awfully irritated when i do that…

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  4. DarkSock -  January 26, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    “Interburate”

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    • miserable wretch -  February 4, 2016 - 5:59 pm

      cyclically means something to me. i often choose words i like by the way they sound in stories, and not how they look on paper. other words that sound all right to me are:
      rather
      awfully
      lookit (i’ve also been known to say “looka”)
      grody
      dreamy
      inconceivable (i was influenced by the Princess Bride in this decision)

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      • watch jane run -  May 26, 2016 - 2:18 pm

        I do not like the word
        dry rot.
        Just no.
        it sounds like some zombie
        skin disease.

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    • CC -  May 29, 2016 - 9:07 pm

      Well my favorite word is Roach because I call people all the time, and tell them they is a roach

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  5. Annie -  December 5, 2015 - 1:02 pm

    Ubiquitous.
    How could this word have not been listed before? It is the most soft pleasant sounding word.

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    • iHeartRice -  December 7, 2015 - 10:57 am

      What does that mean?
      Velvet
      Amethyst
      Vanilla
      Cinnamon <- This isnt that beautiful but it sounds soo great!
      Exotic
      Tropical

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      • Pluviophile ;3 -  December 10, 2015 - 10:10 am

        Ubiquitous means to exist everywhere. At. The. Same. Time.

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    • Angel -  December 29, 2015 - 10:40 am

      Some of my favourite words:

      Effervescent
      Iridescent
      Decadence
      Chandelier
      Juniper
      RSVP. (répondez s’il vous plaît)
      Authenticity
      Whimsical
      Tranquility
      Superfluously
      Serendipity

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      • Jubal Hale -  March 7, 2016 - 11:24 am

        Words to remember over and over:

        ineffable (meaning too great to be expressed in words, like God or palatable cheesecake)
        loads (I like this popular British term)
        qualms
        fossick (to search or rummage, widely Australian)
        cross (as in agitated or annoyed)
        tyrannical (as in professors)
        cripes (it is a euphemism – “Goshdarnit!”)
        kissable
        hovel
        trite (of a phrase, opinion, or idea – irritatingly overused)
        dreadful
        chicanery (the practice of fraudulence and deceptive underhandedness in order to gain political, financial, or legal advancement)

        I also adore the phrase “rest on your laurels” (it is in fact one of my favorites). It means to only sit back and take a break from trying to attain further achievements, to depend on your past successes. If I were to pass up on the opportunity of a bonus assignment, already satisfied with my excellent grade in the class, I’d be resting on my laurels.

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    • Angel -  December 30, 2015 - 12:22 pm

      Glimpsing
      Glistening
      Spiritual

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      • \/oMgsh/\ -  January 6, 2016 - 10:44 am

        Beautiful phrase:….Beautiful phrase:…….mmmmm yea hurry thine self up mine small bitchlet! And rotateth thine self! With thine rectum reaching for the stars!! Oh!!!!! Thy amazingly sexual man Chief will Blow a very large amount directly toward thine treasures!!! Hold thine walking sticks open wide for thine Beast of a man!! Oh!!!! I just madeth thine toes curl up for mine little bitchlet

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        • Angel -  January 16, 2016 - 4:21 am

          Such poetic words

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          • Angel -  January 16, 2016 - 4:24 am

            How could a girl possibly reply to that ….hee hee

  6. Patrick T. -  December 4, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    Bella

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    • Farr Out -  May 30, 2016 - 6:31 pm

      I like Bible names…Esther…Hannah…Sarah…Rachel, Leah, Miriam, Abigail, and Naomi. They are all so pretty and have different, beautiful meanings. In those times, the naming of a baby was very special and careful because it was believed that her or his name determined what traits the baby would have as it grew up.
      What if it were like that today, I wonder..

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  7. hello -  November 28, 2015 - 2:26 pm

    Vanilla, Exotic and Anesthesia.

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    • hello -  November 28, 2015 - 2:27 pm

      Luxurious

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      • Tombstones -  December 1, 2015 - 8:40 pm

        =====
        =T_T= -Ghast
        =====
        I I I I I I

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    • Melody -  December 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

      Vanilla is really nice sounding.

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    • Mary -  December 4, 2015 - 7:27 am

      verandah & all the scenarios it implies

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      • sari -  February 4, 2016 - 5:51 pm

        Oddly, I have a fondness for the word “damn.” I am not a profane person, but especially when a person has something important to say that requires great emphasis, “damn” seems most appropriate, indeed. It feels right to say during rants (think A Few Good Men) and in lengthy, humorous stories. Also odd is the weird essence of the ’70s I feel in my bones when I think of this word. I don’t know; maybe someone can explain it.

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  8. Melody -  November 16, 2015 - 10:18 am

    A lot of people are saying “lithe,” but personally I like “blithe” better.

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    • Dexter -  November 22, 2015 - 7:29 pm

      Turquoise
      Via
      Bliss
      Umbrella
      Turkey
      Palaun (i made it up)

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    • SuC -  November 29, 2015 - 12:24 pm

      What about the noun? Serendipitous!

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  9. Sara -  November 10, 2015 - 6:37 pm

    The most beautiful word is serendipity ….

    rolling off the tongue it just sounds beautiful, and very flowing like a river.

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    • HER -  March 10, 2016 - 11:43 am

      Sometimes I think serendipity is overused. The same with whimsical – it’s not very special anymore, once you see it more than a few times. And to be clear, this is just me. Both are unique words, and so that’s why they shouldn’t be thrown off the tongue in meaningless situations that are not grand enough to warrant their use. I think of C.S. Lewis’s quote: “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’: otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” And yet this happens with many words (“awesome” and such). Anyway, serendipity is a beautiful word, I was just stating my nutty opinions.

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  10. Andy -  November 4, 2015 - 11:35 pm

    Velvet, Svelte, and Renaissance. I love words that sound or looks so innocent yet have a bold meaning.

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    • Andy -  November 4, 2015 - 11:39 pm

      *look

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  11. seventeen -  November 3, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    To me, seventeen (when written in all lower case) is the prettiest word in existence. Not only does it look pleasing but it rolls off tongue and elicits a sense of nostalgia and is just lovely.

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    • Andy -  November 4, 2015 - 11:40 pm

      I agree with you. Seven in itself is beautiful. :)

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      • Richard -  February 27, 2016 - 9:21 pm

        That is quite amazing. The reason i came across this page is i am looking for inspiration for a name. We found out yesterday we are having a girl. We already had a name for a boy . Seven.

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    • \/oMgsh/\ -  January 6, 2016 - 10:19 am

      Beautiful phrase: oh no! She isn’t but ….seventeen? Then she lieth to me saying to me that she was twentyone!!……..eth

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  12. Vickie -  November 2, 2015 - 6:20 pm

    “LOVE” is my favorite covering so many words. Good or Bad.

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    • Andy -  November 4, 2015 - 11:38 pm

      Love that too and I like it more when said in British… It sounds so dramatic.

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  13. Karina -  November 1, 2015 - 6:34 am

    “Lithe Lianas” – from the poem “A Sunburnt Country” Actually, “poem” is a pretty word too.

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    • Erika Kort -  November 2, 2015 - 1:14 pm

      Audacious don’t even know what it means but, doesn’t it kind of tickle your tongue when you say it?

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    • #LIFE -  November 2, 2015 - 1:42 pm

      Luscious ?

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  14. i picked... -  October 28, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    zyzzyva
    it seems perfect

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  15. Bob Smith -  October 17, 2015 - 5:47 am

    To be truly beautiful the object of description must be rare and deeply important to a joyful existence, like truth.

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  16. solomon.edet@st.futmina.edu.ng -  October 5, 2015 - 4:29 am

    cliche

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  17. Daddy -  October 4, 2015 - 11:34 pm

    Beautiful and girls. I always like these words forever.

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  18. Robin des bois -  October 1, 2015 - 12:46 am

    Surely the best-sounding word in English must have its roots in the most beautiful language in the world (ie. French). So I suggest régime (although the images conjured up by the word are not always entirely positive, particularly if you add ‘military’ or ‘dictatorial’ as a prefix)!

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    • Blair Claire Pierre -  January 4, 2016 - 10:50 am

      Normally I would be inclined to agree with your notion that French is the most beautiful language in the world, but I’ve given it some thought and changed my mind. I believe that English is the prettiest and most beautifully cultural language one could ever speak. Just think- all of our words came from different languages, so many cultures and tongues borrowed to make up the superabundance of terms, names, and expressions we use everyday. Mattress is of Arabic origin, waltz is German, and pistachio – Persian. Such diversity is unfathomable.

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    • alexa -  January 15, 2016 - 5:46 am

      You are mistaken in that French in the most beautiful language, for others like Spanish and Portuguese are just as, if not more, beautiful.

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      • Kiki -  February 21, 2016 - 2:20 am

        I know this is going to sound sappy, but every language has it’s beauty. As a french and spanish speaker I disagree with french being the “most beautiful”, I would describe it as french is romantic and thin (don’t ask why), spanish is warm and fierce, english is swift, etc. It’s not a competition.

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  19. José -  September 26, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    Lithe, love it’s sound and meaning

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  20. www.finecigars.com.au -  September 10, 2015 - 5:39 am

    Serenity

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    • Ella -  September 15, 2015 - 10:08 pm

      Wrought. It’s perfect.

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  21. Cigars -  September 10, 2015 - 5:32 am

    Love Bibble!!

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  22. Jeff Winger -  September 10, 2015 - 5:28 am

    Bibble is my favourite one.
    Cigars

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    • baby -  November 16, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      beautiful is duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh

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    • Blair Claire Pierre -  January 4, 2016 - 10:23 am

      Recently I’ve been using “quite” in front of adjectives. It makes me sound so educated and formal.
      I like “the black arts” because it sounds better than “black magic.”
      “Quite” honestly, I don’t have a favorite word. I have words I love and words I admire, but I can’t, for the life of me, choose just one to be MY word.
      Anyway, a compound word that I love to say right now is “pant leg.” I think of young kids with their jeans rolled up walking through a shallow creek after school’s been let out for the summer.

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  23. Nick -  August 27, 2015 - 2:04 am

    Acquiesce
    Anaesthesia
    Aphrodisiac
    Asunder
    Autumnal
    Autoerotic
    Avarice
    Bewitching
    Bronze
    Cashmere
    Camouflage
    Clandestine
    Coaxing
    Comatose
    Courtesan
    Demure
    Delicatessen
    Dionysian
    Disquiet
    Effervescent
    Elegaic
    Elsewhere
    Epiphany
    Espionage
    Exquisite
    Hypnosis
    Incinerate
    Labyrinthine
    Luxuriant/luxurious
    Mahogany
    Melancholia
    Mesmerized
    Mirage
    Melt
    Nocturnal
    Oceanic
    Odyssey
    Persuation
    Picturesque
    Reverie
    Sapphire
    Seafoam
    Silhouette
    Sinew
    Statuesque
    Susurrant/susurration
    Swoon
    Turquoise
    Ultramarine
    Velvet

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    • Nick -  August 27, 2015 - 3:22 am

      Adolescence
      Antiquity
      Apricot
      Curvature
      Debauchery
      Hymnal
      Insinuation
      Jesuitical
      Monsoon
      Mosaic
      Obsidian
      Oblivion
      Persian
      Posthumous
      Saharan
      Sensual
      Vermilion
      Wilderness

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      • Diana -  October 2, 2015 - 8:18 pm

        I have to agree with:
        Mirage
        Obsidian

        Some of my favorites, many inspired by Nick’s list:

        Breach
        Calvalry
        Commandeer
        Diurnal
        Doe
        Eastern
        Equestrian
        Equinox
        Eclipse
        Falconry
        Fair
        Fell
        Fjord (though arguably not English)
        Infinity (though I think Nissan Automotive’s Infiniti has more visual appeal as it is ‘more symmetrical)’
        Infrared
        Intuitive
        Nike (i.e. “Victory”)
        Norn
        Polaris
        Quake
        Rattle
        Raven
        Rocket
        Rogue
        Rook
        Shield
        Sincerity
        Spartan
        Stag
        Tigris (the river & the boat set alight by Thor Hjammersdahl to protest war & international distrust/distrustworthiness)
        Titanic
        Ultraviolet
        Visigothic
        West

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    • Angel -  December 30, 2015 - 12:35 am

      I love some of the words you’ve suggested, particularly: sapphire, silhouette, nocturnal (I’m a bit of a night owl myself) picturesque & aphrodisiac :)

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  24. Emily -  August 9, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    I’d like to know if anyone here admires the word “exquisite”. It’s my favorite word in the English language by far. It’s got an x next to a q (which is extremely rare), and it’s used to describe the most sublime things.

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  25. John Stagner -  August 9, 2015 - 10:26 am

    So many words, so little time….For me, there is one word that causes all others to grow dim. The sweetest-sounding thing in the whole world is when my little girl calls me ‘Daddy’.

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    • Daddy -  October 4, 2015 - 11:31 pm

      So do I.

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  26. Zatarra -  July 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

    Pyrolysis
    Somnolent, somnolence
    Stishovite
    Fulminant
    Locomotive
    Bruxism
    Recuerdo
    Iterative
    Tundish
    Farallon
    Entablature
    Epicycle
    Pantocrator
    Relativistic
    Aniline
    Crepuscular
    Trey
    Irremediable
    Mnemonic
    Stabilator
    Shoshone
    Telekinesis
    Axolotle
    Formulary
    Torus, toric
    Lamellae
    Chelicerae
    Chukker
    Chunkle

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    • Bob -  August 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

      What happened to “forevermore”? How about “mellifluent”?

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  27. Chetan -  July 29, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    The most beautiful word in the English language is the word “beautiful” itself. :)

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  28. Dale -  July 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

    Hyacinth
    Sphinx

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    • Diana -  October 2, 2015 - 8:20 pm

      Nice
      &
      Nice

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  29. Strawberry Smoothie -  July 25, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    I personally like slippery and slipper!

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  30. Jeremy Ford -  July 22, 2015 - 10:00 pm

    My favourite word is blue.

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    • Aleks zander kom trigedakru -  July 26, 2015 - 2:00 am

      Two by two hands of blue…

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      • Darrin Kurtz -  August 4, 2015 - 12:24 am

        <3

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    • May -  July 26, 2015 - 8:47 am

      Yes, blue. I would also add: Aqua and Seafoam. I find these words to be calming, cooling and peaceful.

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      • Anonymous -  January 24, 2016 - 6:22 pm

        try cerulean…
        so calming ser-oo-leen (no particular emphasis)

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  31. Just Justine -  July 21, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    elegant

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    • grace -  July 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm

      I love the word elegant too! I have many favorite words, actually. I like vellichor, which means the odd wistfulness of used bookstores. I like ivory, grace (which happens to be my name), onyx, nightingale, opal, ailurophile (lover of cats), pippa, amaryllis, lily, I really enjoy using the phrase ‘king fisher’, wanderlust, epiphany, melancholy, rose, arrow, I could go on forever:

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  32. Julio -  July 21, 2015 - 6:55 am

    I always liked “DIIIIIIII-NERRRR!”

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    • Geeg -  October 8, 2015 - 9:24 pm

      Haha, Julio!

      I like the word “levity,” which you just provided us, and which is also the name of a really interesting Billy Bob Thornton movie…

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  33. ALI -  July 17, 2015 - 10:54 am

    undulation
    salaciously
    superfluously

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    • liv_rocks -  August 7, 2015 - 1:08 am

      I love those words
      I also like eloquent, aqua, pretty much anything with a “l” and a “qu”. If it wasn’t weird as hell i would call my daughter Laquesha?
      : D lol

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  34. Michael -  July 13, 2015 - 4:37 am

    Rural Juror

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    • Bob -  August 3, 2015 - 1:44 pm

      Great film, but went right to video… I laughed, I cried, I had all the emotions. If you only see one film this year — you’re not getting out enough.

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      • Geeg -  October 8, 2015 - 9:37 pm

        And you have to catch the spoof of that movie title on 30 Rock.

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  35. Eve -  July 13, 2015 - 4:26 am

    I like the words CITRUS, CINNAMON and FRAGRANT.

    Hate the word SAMMICH. Ugh.

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  36. Vicki -  July 13, 2015 - 4:21 am

    the few that come to mind for me (in no particular order) are:

    rogue
    charismatic
    rubbish
    hullabaloo
    shenanigans
    redemption

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  37. Ram -  July 2, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    Beverage,
    Delicious,
    Scrumptious,
    Sensual,
    Velvet,
    Carte blanche,
    Rendezvous,
    Jacqueline (pronounced the French way)
    Genevieve (pronounced the French way)
    Belladonna,
    Voluptuous,
    Frolic,
    Spree,
    Thirsty
    Dijon
    There are more but those are the ones that came to me immediately from right off the top of my head.

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  38. Justė -  July 1, 2015 - 6:48 am

    Desire, ecstasy, elephant, rain, Mars, full, thought.

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  39. Vila Restal -  June 16, 2015 - 7:09 pm

    Bibbly-Bobbly [Like an old jumper washed without fabric conditioner]
    Truckle
    Flumpalumptious [re: 1970s UK Kids TV Show]
    Higgledy-Piggledy
    Mosty-Toasty
    Wibbly–wobbly

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    • Charlotte Lelah -  June 23, 2015 - 8:53 am

      My favorite word is my name. I just think of a Southern Belle (or Gillespie from “In the Heat of the Night”) pronouncing it in the prettiest way, and it makes me wish I had that gorgeous accent- if I did, I’d repeat “Charlotte, North Carolina” all day. I also adore the words: faith, idiosyncrasies, blush, swan, and shenanigans. The best compliment a woman could receive, I believe, is “awfully lovely.” Beautiful seems a little overused, huh? And my favorite phrase is “peace of mind.”

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      • Stuart -  July 27, 2015 - 10:30 am

        As a “Suthern Gentlemen” myself, allow me to agree with you. The most beautiful word is anyone spoken by a beautiful Southern belle!

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  40. Alo -  April 18, 2015 - 11:25 pm

    Periwinkle and Yolande.

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    • Brittany -  May 12, 2015 - 6:21 am

      I think ethereal is such a beautiful word, it feels magical and brings up images of snow glistening in the night and fairies flittering around. I also like colloquially, it just looks so quirky.

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    • Vy -  June 12, 2015 - 8:24 am

      My favorite words are:
      Chaos, eternal, blaze, vortex, Hecate.
      Nirvana, aura, charisma.

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  41. Jenny -  March 6, 2015 - 8:45 am

    I have always loved the word ‘susurrus’, but recently I have found the word ‘sough’

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  42. sherri jackson -  February 16, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    I have a few beautiful and fun to say words.Elegant,Immortal, Pedestal,Vivid, Deja Vu, Melancholy, Chic, Sensual, Bittersweet.Reminisce, Anarchy, and Photographic Memory. Words that sound gross to me. Slurp Squirt, Oozing. words that I dont like, how they sound or irritate me. Feces, Skeptic, Perturb, Puke, Gurgle Congress and Republican, had to throw those in. I think Pathetic rolls off the tongue the easiest.

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  43. Stellaria -  January 17, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    I have a lot of favorites. Here are some, but I probably have more :)

    Calamity
    Velocity
    Melancholy
    Zephyr
    Telluric
    Medley
    Enigma
    Mystify
    Traverse
    Transient
    Resonance
    Tempo
    Eden
    Venture
    Requiem
    Duality
    Epidemic
    Demise
    Crisis
    Diversity
    Metropolis
    Ellipsis
    Proxy
    Tourmaline

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    • olaitan mary -  July 30, 2015 - 6:52 am

      I like ”Doctor” and ”Cycling”

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    • Diana -  October 2, 2015 - 8:36 pm

      I must agree with

      Velocity
      Requiem
      Duality
      Tourmaline

      I will add a few more inspired by

      Dynamite
      Raze
      Catastrphic
      Fury
      Mists
      Chromium
      Thunder (though I do like Donder- and Blitzen is way more awesome for lightning)
      Jaguar
      Ice
      Frostbitten
      Atlas
      Diode

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  44. Lars -  January 15, 2015 - 4:42 am

    I like “cumbersome” and “epiphany”

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    • Tash -  May 6, 2015 - 8:45 am

      I like “Umbrella” and “Manhattan”

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      • Tash -  May 6, 2015 - 8:46 am

        And “Tintinnabulation”

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    • Kit60@IrishLover -  June 30, 2015 - 12:44 pm

      I like a lot of flower names: lily, chrysanthemum, tulip, rose, marigold, poppy, and iris- to name a few. Poppy is my all-time favorite flower name, though. Navajo is a beautiful-sounding word, and I like Cherokee as well. A word I can’t stand is squat; it sounds disgusting coming from anyone’s mouth, I’d say.

      Reply
  45. Lars -  January 15, 2015 - 4:41 am

    I like cumbersome and epiphany

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  46. Serendipity -  January 1, 2015 - 11:20 am

    A few favs:

    » sonorous
    » mellifluous
    » melodious

    Some interesting odds & ends:

    » while away
    » essence
    » evocative
    » kooky
    » lackadaisical

    Some not so sonorous
    (but still beguiling):

    » forked tongue
    » vulgar
    » tryst
    » psychobabble
    » sycophant

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  47. HenryWhitmore -  December 28, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    The word “gale” is my favorite. I find that many words coming from Old Norse are very nice-sounding.

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  49. Ger -  December 21, 2014 - 6:28 am

    I like meretricious, as in, “My, you’re looking particularly meretricious tonight”, or “Thanks for that meretricious presentation John”. People think its a compliment.

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  50. Kahnna -  December 20, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Exultant is my choice, there is nothing else to be said. To top off such a wonderful word with such lively definition: triumphantly happy. Pure ecstasy, you’ll have to excuse me, I get a little passionate.

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  51. fat_me -  December 14, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    i just love the word LOLLAPALOOZA <3333333

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  52. jerrie -  December 14, 2014 - 11:52 am

    My favorite word: Mommy

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  53. hugo -  December 5, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    It’s got to be ‘nightingale’.

    Reply
  54. Cara -  December 3, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    My favorite word is requiem although it’s quite morbid. I also like words like sense, flora, and fluid.

    Reply
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    • editress -  January 28, 2015 - 4:26 pm

      I can understand how you feel! Most people don’t correctly say my name, but it sounds so lovely to my ears when I hear it properly pronounced (which is rare). My husband almost never calls me by my name (said correctly or not), and when he does use my name, he pronounces it very hard; not at all mellifluously (my favorite sounding word, because it sounds like its definition!) like it should be pronounced. I have some hunches about that, but that’s another topic! Good luck!

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      • Bob C -  June 25, 2015 - 7:26 pm

        um·brage
        ˈəmbrij/
        noun
        noun: umbrage

        1.
        offense or annoyance.
        “she took umbrage at his remarks”
        synonyms: take offense, take exception, be aggrieved, be affronted, be annoyed, be angry, be indignant, be put out, be insulted, be hurt, be piqued, be resentful, be disgruntled, go into a huff, be miffed, have one’s nose put out of joint, chafe
        “I would take umbrage at that if I thought you were serious”
        2.
        archaic
        shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees.

        Origin

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    • barb -  March 5, 2015 - 6:42 pm

      lever
      nine
      yarn
      cumberbund
      bella calava
      picadilly
      skivis
      muggy
      cranky
      umpteenth
      eleven
      vex
      flautist
      genre
      Turdiform
      hogwash
      yips

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  56. frank -  November 11, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Although the meaning isn’t evocative of sunshine and lollipops, I like the word insensate.

    Reply
    • Joy$$ -  July 6, 2015 - 10:18 pm

      call me crazy, but- bojangles and disgusting and Alcatraz, i love the syllables.

      Reply
  57. Iffath -  November 2, 2014 - 1:04 am

    lugubrious is a terrible word.

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    • Bonnie Leyh -  November 7, 2014 - 8:15 am

      To me, my name is the most beautiful word in the English language.
      I was married for 50 years, and my husband seldom ever used my name;
      avoiding affirming my existence as a person, I suppose.

      Reply
      • JetJaguar -  November 10, 2014 - 11:52 am

        Why did you need him to affirm your existence as a person? Who were you before you met him?

        Reply
      • Kaye -  December 24, 2014 - 12:31 am

        I really like the name Bonnie. And Bonnie, unlike JetJaguar, I know how you feel. I was married for twenty years and my husband rarely spoke my name, except for the times when he would try to incorporate it into some stupid limerick about me.

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      • Rory -  December 27, 2014 - 7:24 am

        Bonnie Leyh–what a beautiful name you have! It is a happy, strong name that befits a wonderful, strong, loving and caring woman. May you find happiness and strength in it.

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  58. Iffath -  November 2, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Vehement. It sounds strong and seems to reach into the inner core of feelings.

    Insatiate: perfect word to express how unfulfilled you are by things, how much you want something.

    bereft: absolutely a powerful word to express loss.

    annihilation, rapture and halcyon are equally lovely.

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  59. Beautiful Names That Start With L | Home -  October 20, 2014 - 1:29 am

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    • bob -  October 31, 2014 - 6:42 am

      calisthenics

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    • Hank -  October 31, 2014 - 3:32 pm

      loquacious
      shoddily made
      ethereal
      corporeal

      I like these words because they sound phonetically alike to what they are.

      Reply
      • Tink68 -  June 30, 2015 - 12:55 pm

        “Complete bliss” What could be greater than complete bliss?
        “Absolute bliss” Now we’re talkin’…

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      • everet presley -  July 27, 2015 - 6:50 pm

        i love the name of my daughter : Heather,-i see waves of long blossoms in the breeze & the fragrance is so yummy !

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    • Tyme -  November 3, 2014 - 11:56 am

      When I was smaller I liked the word “magic”
      Other suggestions for beautiful sounding words:
      Benevolent
      Elephant
      Sunday
      Irrelevant
      Render
      I often like to incorporate the word “moose” into sentences that don’t really even need it.
      Tsunami fits its meaning very well

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      • JetJaguar -  November 10, 2014 - 11:54 am

        A moose once bit my sister…

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        • Puccesca -  November 17, 2014 - 12:27 pm

          Moose bites can be pretty nasty . . .

          Reply
        • jacobk2000 -  February 4, 2015 - 3:55 am

          The majestik møøse

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      • Tash -  May 6, 2015 - 8:56 am

        There is a moose in my pocket.

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  60. Eva -  October 1, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    grace
    vignette
    cursive
    porcelain
    lullaby
    elixir
    cinder
    filigree
    willowy
    demure
    ripple
    calico
    aura

    I personally love squirrel and pumpkin’

    I think the sickest most nasty words are pungent and rancid. The C word is most offensive.

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    • Maria -  November 1, 2014 - 7:42 am

      amazed insatiable glory delight fire grace precious innocense morning dew unfathomable temple devotion couragious holy strength soothing devouted transfixed joyous signature forgiveness arrival humble breath lion empress kingdom daring

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  61. RingHub -  September 24, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    The most beautiful word ever? I think aquamarine. It water and a type of stone if no one knows. You know ;)

    Reply
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  63. Sarah -  September 2, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    I’m sorry, but the words listed in this article just strike me as what pseudo-intellectual young people had picked, who aspire toward their best approximation of what they think eloquence must be. You don’t sound like an intellectual and you don’t sound sophisticated, your attempts at coming off “smart” are too painfully obvious.

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 12:27 pm

      pumpkin and cinnamon always make me feel so warm and cozy.

      Reply
      • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 12:28 pm

        i should also add autumn. and spice

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      • Carina -  October 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm

        Gloom has been one of my favorite words since third grade, I think because of the connotation it had holds a vivid memory

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    • Graham -  September 18, 2014 - 11:07 am

      Jeez. Get over yourself…..It’s called an opinion.

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    • R -  October 2, 2014 - 12:38 pm

      I think that there’s nothing wrong with young people loving words. Words are beautiful, and it’s honestly a little hypocritical for you to say that this list of words has been picked by young people who choose ‘big words’ to sound intelligent in a sentence that does just exactly that. The most wonderful part of words are the fact that you can choose to use so many or so few, and there’s never anything the same about each way you can possibly construct a sentence. If anything, young people with an interest in words should be rewarded, because literature and language are like cushions to fall back upon when you need to be reminded of some beauty in the world. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with trying to be eloquent, even if you sound silly, because people are constantly learning from themselves, growing and changing. It’s what we do, we’re human, and language and learning are how we show who we are.

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      • Nicole -  October 17, 2014 - 12:52 pm

        Hear, hear!

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      • Priyanka -  October 29, 2014 - 5:29 am

        I completely agree. There is no restriction on who finds which word beautiful. I personally think that you are trying to look smart by making such a comment.

        I personally have a long list which includes:

        filigree
        cinnamon
        caraway
        languorous
        glorious
        willow a wisp
        cider
        turquoise
        poinsettia
        luscious
        chocolate
        tawny
        brandy
        rouge
        thrush
        and sooo many more!

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      • Isaac -  December 12, 2015 - 7:29 pm

        You are a beautiful person.

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    • SDWriter -  November 10, 2014 - 11:59 am

      I think of the name “Sarah” as particularly self-righteous and pretentious.

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    • Coralie -  December 31, 2014 - 11:07 pm

      Let me get this straight, you are saying that the vocabulary of young people should consist only of slang and words that are less than six letters long? I must disagree. Why limit yourself to simple words when the entire beautiful language is waiting to be used. Besides, since when has wanting to be smart been a poor quality? I assure you, encouraging youth to stop striving to be well educated certainly does not make you sound like an intullectual. Also, it is clear by your use of language that you are trying to do the same thing that you are reprimanding others for.
      By the way, not all young people are faking it. I am fourteen and have been speaking in the same tone for years.

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    • Jess -  February 2, 2015 - 11:39 pm

      So, Sarah, what word(s) would you say is the most beautiful sounding? I would rather be a pseudo-intellect than a bitter person such as the way you sound.

      Reply
    • Madison -  April 27, 2015 - 1:20 am

      Well, that is extremely offensive, and there is nothing wrong with people of any age loving words! In fact, in such a digital age, it should be encouraged.

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    • Tash -  May 6, 2015 - 9:07 am

      Isn’t that statement a little presumptuous– if not completely condescending? I’d be interested to know what your favorite word is, but make sure it’s monosyllabic or you may find yourself bombarded with the entire list of synonyms on thesaurus.com that shows up for the word: “hypocrite.”

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    • Isaac -  December 12, 2015 - 7:27 pm

      I think that you are a crabby old woman with an ever-present urge to make young folk such as myself feel bad. I admit, you could be having a bad day, and it’s not fair of me to judge you for what you say in one comment that you threw together in a single moment of your life, but I think that anyone who feels genuinely put off by people stating their favorite words is a dumbass. Also, these comments are anonymous. These “pseudo-intellectual young people” are not talking to their friends, or anyone else that they ever hope to meet or impress. They are sharing words that sound nice to them. Personally, I am having a wonderful time sharing and reading words posted by other language lovers. Thank you, Caitlin, I also love the words “cinnamon” and “pumpkin”. You are so much better than Sarah.

      P.S. Also, Sarah, please stop mucking up our internet with your sh*t.

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  64. Ken -  September 2, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Scintillating and obsequious.

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    • purple77 -  June 30, 2015 - 12:57 pm

      Purple. Purple is beautiful.

      Reply
  65. RustyPopcorn -  September 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Pleasing to the ear, and sating to speak:

    Cacophonous
    Specious
    Polity

    …and I dare say -

    Antidisestablishmentarianism.

    I’m sure I have many more in my lexicon that may be even better than these, but due to time and memory constraints I’ll have to leave it like that.

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  66. TdR -  August 20, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Anagram
    Palindrome

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  67. Penny -  August 16, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    My favorite words are: melancholy, epiphany and chaos.

    My favorite phrase is: indian summer.

    My favorite compliment is: stunning.

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 12:27 pm

      indian summer is one of my favorites too.

      chaos to me is almost beautiful in the pictures it brings to mind.

      Reply
  68. Inshirah Akram -  August 8, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    My favourite is Coincidence

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  69. Ben Laughton -  August 8, 2014 - 10:19 am

    Majestic
    Exemplary
    Fortuitous
    Benevolent
    Cliche

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  70. Adrian -  July 30, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    For me it’d be this: “GUERRILLA” im ecuadorian and as a spanish speaker it sounds totally confusing yet attractive and i’d say Sofisticated.

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  71. Shubham -  July 28, 2014 - 4:19 am

    Moonglade,
    ectasy,
    ineffable,
    wasp,
    lucrative,
    Phonetic,
    arouse,
    melt,
    supper,
    are some of my favourite words.
    whenevr i speak out these they resemble to come out as if they are real, their meanings are spoken out with their phonetics.

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    • Hannah -  November 6, 2014 - 11:40 am

      Melt is a beautiful one to say aloud. I also like to say “upstarting.”

      Reply
      • Isaac -  December 12, 2015 - 7:37 pm

        Yeah, “melt” is awesome. It makes me think of chocolate and the feeling of seeing someone you love.

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    • Helena -  July 14, 2015 - 12:08 pm

      I love that you said moonglade. I don’t recall ever hearing that word before, but it sounds so fantastic. I have a mirror covered in whimsical words, but that would take a while to share. The words I will tell are names of cities in Mississippi and Tennessee.
      Laurel
      Niota
      Argo
      Meridian
      I always believe that Mississippi has the most beautiful-sounding names for its cities, though I’m from Louisiana. We have French city names.

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  72. Andrea -  July 22, 2014 - 4:13 am

    I noticed that people whose first language is English tend to favor complex, archaic words or expressions, mostly deriving from ancient Latin or Greek. On the other hand, as a guy who approaches English as a second language, I am fascinated by words that sound quite short, compact, yet beautiful. My speculation as to why these words are favored is that in English there aren’t that many long and complex words if compared to other languages such as mine, Italian. Conversely, there aren’t many words in Italian that feels accomplished and beautiful in a “small package”, so to speak.

    personally, I like the sound of words such as

    Embers,
    Cloud,
    Feel,
    Yesteryear…

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  73. Emily -  June 30, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    My Top 3:
    - Succulent
    (its almost onomatopoetic! like pronouncing it sounds like the noise when you bite into a juicy piece of fruit!)
    - Meander
    (mmmmmmmmmmmmm nice)
    -Dusk
    (almost like hush, it sounds a little dark and mysterious/romantic to me)

    And I’m sorry, but I don’t get why people don’t like moist. I have a feeling people just pretend not to like it because everyone else doesn’t! Maybe because I like food, but moist is the perfect word to describe so many different kinds of food! You wouldn’t describe a delicious piece of cake as “wet” “damp” or “dry”. Moist it perfect.

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    • Laura -  October 26, 2014 - 8:39 pm

      succulent is yuckier sounding than moist. that’s why you wouldn’t understand.

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    • Isaac -  December 12, 2015 - 7:44 pm

      I know, right? People keep saying that moist sounds bad, and I don’t get that. Moist air is soothing. I don’t think I can remember any negative connotations…

      And dusk is best said with a whisper, like it’s a secret. It reminds me of a sunset.

      It’s neat to see a similar mind.

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  74. Shree(India) -  June 10, 2014 - 11:52 pm

    for me Its these,
    Relinquish
    florence
    Xavier
    agony
    Vivacious
    Monopoly

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  75. hgsdj -  June 7, 2014 - 3:50 am

    It’s just a thought, but I always thought “girl” sounds good.

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  76. raaf -  June 6, 2014 - 2:20 am

    Invisibility – So great to hear. It takes you somewhere ;)
    Mist – Although it doesn’t even mean something magical, it’s like it does.
    Silence – It’s like it refers to a virtue.
    River – Reminds me of something so pure, clear and calm.

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 12:25 pm

      i agree with your words. any words that have to do with water, i love. river, mist, ocean, stream, brook, steam, estuary.. etc.

      Reply
  77. Catherine Kadam'manja -  May 29, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    The most popular word I alwaysbe interested with is delicious but I also like words bellow; marvellous, gorgeous and excellent.

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  78. Windy -  May 29, 2014 - 12:22 am

    Absinthe

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  79. Priyanka -  May 23, 2014 - 12:09 am

    Serendipity is one of my favourite words, but I also love the words Solecism, Mellifluous, delinquency, innocence, clandestine, connoisseurs…
    The most repugnant words ever, in my opinion, are the ones ending with elch- belch, squelch and I am not too fond of mushy and moist either

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  80. WDYTIA -  May 17, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    My favorite word would probably have to be ‘crestfallen’. It just sounds so pretty and delicate, but tragic at the same time, like tiny little sad stars having fallen into a nighttime ocean and making a little shimmery twinkling sound… dark blue and gold look so pretty together…

    I freaking HATE the word ‘finger’ though, gah!

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 12:23 pm

      your post about liking the word crestfallen has actually brought me to the realization that i like the words delicate, tragic, stars, ocean, shimmery, and twinkling! great description, by the way!

      Reply
  81. hanna -  May 12, 2014 - 10:21 am

    May I quote Miranda..
    best male word: moist
    best female word: plinth
    imagine a moist plinth

    and I vote emulate

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  82. Joel -  April 10, 2014 - 7:11 am

    I’d say one of the best sounding words is discombobulating

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  83. Isabella -  April 8, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    I like “symposium” and “cardamom”

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  84. Constance -  March 6, 2014 - 5:50 am

    serendipity is nice

    sin

    world

    never

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  85. Blaine -  February 18, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    I like the phrase “there they are.” It is beautiful to me, especially if said slowly, slightly rolling the “r’s.”

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  86. Danny -  February 6, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    I adore the words…

    Velocity
    Scrumptious
    Fizzle
    Fluorescent
    Triangular
    Perpetuate

    Words I made up were Zerkzidine & Majesticinity

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  87. Tatum Helferty -  December 30, 2013 - 4:13 am

    Robert, they vary. It’s up to your authors. Many of the letters coming up are handwritten, or hand-notated, it’s about half and half. Though most of the first letters were typed. The fourth letter was a comic.

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  90. kegyud -  October 29, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Best word ever: Pubic
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  91. kosalnath -  October 27, 2013 - 6:30 am

    I find the words ‘exemplary’ and illumination very interesting and beautiful.

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  92. Radhika -  October 27, 2013 - 6:20 am

    I like the words ‘peace’ and ‘Master’.

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  93. blinkywind -  October 26, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Cellar door does sound pretty.

    But I prefer bliss

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  94. kosalnath -  October 26, 2013 - 5:07 am

    I also find ‘illumination’ a very different word with its meaning hidden inside the word. Go into it…. and….. Wow! you find the light there:)

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  95. kosalnath -  October 26, 2013 - 4:56 am

    I find the word ‘exemplary’ pleasant to pronounce. I came across the word just today when I was reading the “The Whispers from the Brighter World”

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  96. Stacy -  October 25, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    I will have to say one of my favorite words would be LOVE

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  97. Navneet Singh -  October 23, 2013 - 3:58 am

    I find the words ‘clandestine’ , ‘blasphemy’, ‘rose’, ‘ruth’, to be among the most beautiful sounding words!

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    • Laura -  October 26, 2014 - 8:44 pm

      how could you think blasphemy sounds beautiful?

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      • V -  November 19, 2014 - 1:06 pm

        How could you not??

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  98. Sheryll Celladora Colmenares -  October 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    My niece sent me this article on Facebook and what a surprise! Correction to the author of this article though. Celladora is a word, actually a name – it’s my family name on my mother’s side. :-)

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  99. Lisa -  October 22, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Here is an extravagant word (well, extravagant may rival it):

    Effervescence – it sounds like the epitome of joy. It conjures images of swimming in bubbles of sheer delight. Imagine effervescing! If only our molecules would. I think they can, and some people’s, I think, do.

    And other elegant words such as elegant, extravagant, eloquent, luxurious, lavish.

    L-sounding words: elocution, loquacious

    Poignant words: epitome, essence, core

    It seems I like words with the “el”, “eh”, or “l” sound. Hmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with my name.

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  100. gummi bearz -  October 21, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    hey its me again the friend of the son of Andrew Clements!i think the most beautiful sounding work is beautiful. makes sense right? ;?

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  101. Wabbajack -  October 21, 2013 - 3:18 am

    The worst would have to be either “squelch” (it sounds like blood spurting from a slit throat), “music” (myoozick is not music to my ears — more like a graveyard at night with the threat of rain overhead), or “mushy” (all it brings to mind is squishing something soft and very much alive with your bare hands or feet).

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  102. Wabbajack -  October 21, 2013 - 3:03 am

    I like “pumpkin”. Though I don’t actually like pumpkins themselves, the word takes me to a small but cosy room with a fireplace burning brightly, lighting up the whole room with a warm, friendly orange. If I try hard enough, I can also smell gingerbread cookies and pumpkin soup, which I do actually like.

    I also like the word “phosphorous”, but it’s less cheery and warm. It makes me see a narrow, winding dirt tunnel, deep underground with fluorescent blue tentacle things hanging from the ceiling and crystal dust floating all over the place. If I think about phosphorous too much, I feel cold and claustrophobic. and crystal dust starts getting up my imaginary lungs.

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    • Rebecca -  September 4, 2014 - 7:06 pm

      I think you’ve been playing too much Skyrim. XD Stay away from those dwavern ruins and Falmer caves.

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  103. Etsy -  October 20, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    Mellifluous.

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  104. Gav's Gal -  October 17, 2013 - 7:17 am

    The worst word is “panties”.

    The prettiest words are “mama” and “papa”.

    “Moist” must be said before carrot cake, chocolate cake and mud cake or they are simply not worth tasting!

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  105. Angalyssa -  October 15, 2013 - 9:07 am

    “Lust” ?;) Beautifull Word!

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  106. Kat -  October 13, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    “Evangelical” has a lot of motion and imagery to it. I have synesthesia too so I get the whole “words have terrains” thing. I love seeing their connotations flash in front of me.

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    • Stephen D. -  November 2, 2014 - 11:03 am

      “Evangelical” is an interesting word.
      A pretty word with positive origins, which now has very negative connotations due to the nasty behavior and attitudes of so many “evangelicals”.

      Reply
  107. peter feldman -  October 13, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    God – peace – shalom – free – freedom – love
    tree – forest – valley – meadow – mountain – rainforest – softrain – firmfresh should be one word
    both rain and bow rainbow both sweet and water sweetwater
    angel aqua both fresh and air freshair should be one word

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  108. GILLIAN -  October 13, 2013 - 10:22 am

    CRUNCH or LUSCIOUS (lushess?) or OBLIVOUS

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  109. LindyMaeUSA -  October 11, 2013 - 7:09 am

    During the past sixty years of my life, I’ve always noticed the instant smile from most nationalities who have used the word: HEAVEN in their conversation. There must be “something” to that word, ‘ya think? :-)

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  110. emma -  October 9, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    i have a friend that claims that the most beautiful word is diaria.

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  111. tiffany -  October 9, 2013 - 11:19 am

    So I was thinking, all of these words seem to be positive….. what would happen if there was a negative word that just happened to SOUND pretty????????………….

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    • Star -  May 22, 2014 - 2:26 pm

      Well, i think ‘bloomers’ sounds rather flowery and light, but i don’t think that is exactly a positive word-you decide.

      Reply
    • Penny -  August 16, 2014 - 9:19 pm

      Two of my favorite words can be negative — melancholy & chaos. My other favorite is epiphany.

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    • doug -  January 16, 2015 - 6:42 am

      malignant, malevolent

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  112. tiffany -  October 9, 2013 - 11:13 am

    the most beautiful word, in my opinion, would have to be harmony….. JS

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    • lisa -  December 30, 2014 - 6:59 pm

      Exactly! HARMONY is the most beautiful-Sounding word!
      i’ve been reading this, and by jove, you’ve done it. nice work, tif!

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  113. Sarah -  October 9, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Ephemeral :)

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  114. Crazy Erin -  October 8, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    Graceful sounds beautiful to me!

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  115. KrazyKazy -  October 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

    I think Rubenesque, arabesque, and voluptuous are a few of the best words ever. The worst word would be rankle. Sounds bad.

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    • Star -  May 22, 2014 - 2:29 pm

      Are you a dancer? I love the word Arabesque too! (I am a ballet dancer)
      i think Sickle is the most disgusting word EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  116. Who? -  October 7, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Patina
    Chamomile

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  117. Angalyssa -  October 7, 2013 - 9:08 am

    I think The Most Beautiful Word Is ‘Men’ (: I Love Themm(: <33 Lol.

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  118. Samuel -  October 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Seamstress, jilted, ruminate…my favorite pairing comes from a street sign in the country that said “Sun Swept Lane.”

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  119. Marcio -  October 3, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Mine is ‘ Blur ‘ !!!

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  120. Nawal -  October 3, 2013 - 6:28 am

    The most beautiful word I’VE ever heard is ‘amazing’.
    The most gross word I’VE ever heard is ‘crouch’.
    DON’T YA PEOPLE AGREE??

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    • Johnny Scarlotti -  April 2, 2015 - 8:44 pm

      brute, recalcitrant, voracious, hulking, spidering, sprawling, tentacles, fetish, pink, purple, snollygoster, guttersnipe, riff raff, rinky-dink, rollie pollie, zaftig,

      blah blah blah I have thousands

      -johnny
      http://www.johnnyscarlotti.com

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  121. Abbie Star -  October 2, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    It saddens me that no one has mentioned the word “innocence” yet. I think it is the most wonderful-sounding word in the English language. There is little to no stress when it is pronounced, and even the word itself conveys a feeling of pureness and happiness. Plus, its meaning is flawless. “Innocence” should be at the top of the list!

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    • Nobody -  August 7, 2014 - 9:14 am

      they have said that one already

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  122. jack -  October 2, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    grandiloquent

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  123. Todd -  October 2, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    I vote “illustrious”.

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  124. Fessor Bill -  October 1, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    “dollop” because one can rotate the paper 180 degrees and one still has “dollop.” If you can see through the back of the paper, it becomes 901106.

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  125. jess -  October 1, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    When I was 10 my favorite words were crop, pint and pound. I must say though, cellar door actually does have a mellifluous quality.

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  126. Bryan -  October 1, 2013 - 8:32 am

    My friends and I agree that moist, is indeed a rather repugnant word. But personally, smegma is a word that sounds equally bad, if not worse.

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  127. Deirdre Ziggy -  September 30, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    The most beautiful sounding word is (naturally): mellifluous. It means: (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. “the voice was mellifluous and smooth”

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  128. Sophie Heath -  September 30, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Deutsch

    I think that my favorite word in the world is Deutsch. It is German in German. It is just so fun to say. If you can’t pronounce it just type it in in Google Translate. It is the best word

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  129. nina -  September 30, 2013 - 11:48 am

    my favorite word is “Assassination” and i think “hush” is beautiful

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  130. Angalyssa -  September 30, 2013 - 9:43 am

    ‘Angalyssa’ Is The Most Beautiful Sounding Word!! (; Yup. Thats Mee! ^>^)//
    I’m Also The Most Beautifullest Gurl Ever. Conceeded (: Bam.! Nailed It!!

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  131. jack -  September 28, 2013 - 5:33 am

    I think cunt is actually quite a nice word, despite its mostly negative associations. Also, fishcake, a splendid sounding word. The German words dudlsack (bagpipes) and fingerhut (thimble) are great.

    Jack, Budleigh Salterton.

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  132. Joy Van Veen -  September 27, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    I actually like the word moist. The first thing which comes to mind is “moist cake”. Living in arid Arizona, it also makes me think od moist soil. Though it wouldn’t be my choice for favorite word. I can’t decide what word is my favorite as I like too many. But for worst I’d have to say Phlegm.

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  133. princess -  September 26, 2013 - 3:33 am

    serendipity is also not bad…

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  134. princess -  September 26, 2013 - 3:32 am

    “Galaxy” IS MY FAVOURITE….

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  135. violette -  September 25, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    i also like the way my skin is soft and *moist* when i finish showering, and the way flower petals are velvety soft and *moist* with the morning’s dew ~ it’s not my favorite word, but for me it seems that more often than not, good things seem to follow after…~♡

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  136. violette -  September 25, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    why does everyone seem to have such a keen dislike of moist?
    i rather prefer my cake to be rich, moist and soft as opposed to dry, hard and crumbly…

    i’ve always had a bad relationship with the word “fork” it’s just so squat and short and rude. it does not roll off the tongue, but kind of ejects itself, as if being spat out. it has always felt wrong to me.

    i do enjoy the words “seraph” “seraphic” “seraphim” and “serabim”
    they are almost the notes to songs, the way the flow together and out, wanting to be part of something larger than themselves…

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:25 pm

      No, you’re not looking at the definition or how you would use it in a sentence. You use the colors of the words, (from moist I see this lavender color mixed with olive green; its soooo gross). I personally don’t like serendipity. The word is mustard yellow with lavender and ugly dark blue splotches.

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  137. Turk -  September 25, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    I love TURKEY. Oh you meant words, not food. I hate the word PLOP. I like AMBIDEXTROUS.

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  138. Samantha -  September 23, 2013 - 9:10 am

    @en jay Agreed(: Awkk Thoo(: <3

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  139. SWAGBEASTMAMBAJUICE -  September 22, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    BEST WORDS:

    sWAG

    bEAST

    mAMBA

    jUICE

    lAKER nATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  140. Rima -  September 21, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    Lush sounds pretty to me

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  141. en jay -  September 18, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    beautiful words…
    aroma,smell,food,eat, honey and money

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  142. Kartik -  September 16, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    few words i like: meadows
    rhythm
    boomerang
    serendipity

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  143. Maggie -  September 15, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    I don’t know why, but i kind of like the word “archangel”

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  144. TRfromTO -  September 14, 2013 - 6:04 am

    Oops, wrong thread.
    Nevermind.
    :-)

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  145. TRfromTO -  September 14, 2013 - 6:01 am

    seersucker – I absolutely hate this word … both for its harsh sound and its connotation.

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  146. Rick -  September 13, 2013 - 11:53 am

    my pick is deliquescent

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  147. kerry -  September 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    I think one of the nicest-sounding words is “sensuous.”

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  148. Sash Vegas -  September 6, 2013 - 10:35 am

    How about ‘stench’ ‘gusset’ and ‘phlegm’ for nasty words

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    • Geeg -  October 8, 2015 - 9:28 pm

      AGREED, Sash Vegas!

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  149. Matt -  September 4, 2013 - 10:58 am

    archetypal

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  150. Matt -  September 4, 2013 - 10:53 am

    doppelganger?

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  151. dennis -  September 4, 2013 - 8:35 am

    I like “saucy”. I don’t like “efficacy” (just the word itself, of course).

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  152. Insert Name Here -  September 3, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    I doubt anyone will read this far, but I really love the word “smock.” It’s just such a fun word to say!!!
    Also, I love evanescent, ephemeral, and indubitably–they’re all hard to spell (especially the last), and they just slip off your tongue.

    Oh, yeah–whoever said mellifluous, that’s become another favorite very quickly.

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    • SDWriter -  November 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

      There was a Calvin & Hobbes strip about that once.

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  153. Smith -  September 3, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    An ugly word would be ‘rotten’, used to describe something undesirable rather than decomposing – “them was rotten days”

    I like ‘boing’ – so springy!

    It’s certainly interesting to see the words which crop up as ‘nice’ and unpleasant words. Usually the ‘nice’ words have pleasant or neutral meanings, and likewise ‘unpleasant’ words have less pleasant meanings, although there are outliers.

    What gives words – mere letters in different orders – beauty?

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  154. Bobbie Bryant -  September 2, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    I like to say PURE. I think it is an awesome word because you have to make your mouth shape a certain pretty way. And because I like the definition I con into it. It’s a Hot Magic triple A word P-peaceable, U-useable, R-righteous E-everyday. If you want to be pure get this pretty word and DO IT!!!

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  155. Xerneas -  August 28, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    ethereal
    rhapsody
    rapture
    nostalgia
    anthology
    geomancy
    aesthetic
    luminous
    Arcadia
    euphoria
    lunar
    melodic
    zephyr
    epiphany
    lyric
    eloquent
    rendezvous
    melancholy
    macabre
    acrylic
    sky
    Budapest
    Montreal
    fawn

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  156. Selma -  August 28, 2013 - 8:16 am

    For me is “lovable” : )

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  157. Ghost Boy and Robot Girl -  August 27, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    melody.

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  158. M. Hamilton -  August 26, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Ennui

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  159. Maria Gomes -  August 25, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    I’ve just learned the word and find it ‘creamy’ – mondegreen

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  160. Buba -  August 25, 2013 - 3:56 am

    Supper is pretty cool because I never hear anyone use it unless it’s in a joke. “He beat the woman for serving supper cold”. Supper literally means lunch but no one ever uses the two words interchangeably. Not ever.

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  161. Preston -  August 20, 2013 - 9:31 am

    I may be a little tardy, but I like these words, which are not based upon the selection of euphony, but rather their scarcity in colloquial English. With verbs, I also prefer the present participle representation, as the appended “-ing” has a r(ing) to it.

    sonorous
    effervescent
    scintillating
    sparkling
    undulating

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  162. tim -  August 18, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    bubbling

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  163. Ev -  August 13, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    My favorite words are psychokinesis, synaesthesia, seraphic, ecstatic, and truncated icosidodecahedrons.

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  164. Ron -  August 13, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    “Rambunctious” – great word; very handy…up there with “hideous” :-)

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  165. cathy -  August 11, 2013 - 6:11 am

    I love the word Monongahela ( the river)

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  166. lynn -  August 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Favorite: discombobulate

    Like: Doppelganger, innocence, chocolate, whimsical, Heather, translucent, cherry

    Worst: finger, statistics, Rory, milk, undulate, gnarly, vulva

    And the word “queue” has 4 letters too many. ;)

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  167. Ailsa -  August 9, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    I love the word, “sublime.”

    Also,

    mellifluous

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  168. Chenka -  August 8, 2013 - 6:33 am

    anhedonia

    I love this word, which may be ironic. I’m not sure. I’ll have to read the article about the misuse of the word ironic to find out.

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  169. Olaf Singursson -  August 6, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Poo.

    Or Poop… or poo-poo.

    These are the best words.

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  170. Elsie -  August 5, 2013 - 7:28 am

    My favorite name is Adele(pronounced uh-dell.)

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  171. Elsie -  August 5, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Luscious is the most beautiful, though.

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  172. Elsie -  August 5, 2013 - 7:25 am

    My favorite words are Czechoslovakia, Octal, Weissnichtwo, Macadamia,Luscious, and anything that is challenging to spell.

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  173. WindRaven -  August 4, 2013 - 10:54 am

    I also like “eclectic”.

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  174. WindRaven -  August 4, 2013 - 10:53 am

    iridescent and incandescent are two of the prettiest words EVER.

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  175. Pixellator -  August 1, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    I really like the word ‘toasty’.

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  176. Fay -  July 27, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    I really love the words ‘Evanescent’ and ‘Nirvana’
    Especially saying them together ‘Evanescent Nirvana’ :)

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  177. Jess -  July 26, 2013 - 10:29 am

    I really like twilight and blackberry.

    I dislike knob and conk!

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  178. Jo -  July 26, 2013 - 4:52 am

    Frangipani, or

    jacaranda

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  179. Robert -  July 23, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    I always possessed a strong animosity toward ‘serendipity’. I always thought it sounded too whimsical and… well, stupid. My personal favorites as far as sounding beautiful are ‘effervescence’ and ‘juvenescence’. The ending ‘escence’ or ‘escent’ just sounds pleasing all around. ‘Evanescence’ sounds beautiful too; as well as ‘iridescent’.

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  180. kelley -  July 22, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    I don’t understand why moist is such a dreaded word? I think it’s a wonderful word, as in “moist cake”. Now pimple, on the other hand, I don’t like the sound of that at all.

    Words I like:
    velvet
    tropical
    jazz
    lavender
    liquor
    potpourri
    symphony
    blue

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  181. greenio -  July 22, 2013 - 9:31 am

    I have always thought the word ‘shalamar’ is the most beautiful sounding word used in the English language; it, of course, derives from Arabic sources way back in ‘the day’.

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  182. papaya -  July 20, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    Binky is horrible

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  183. papaya -  July 20, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    >:(

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  184. papaya -  July 20, 2013 - 10:41 pm

    London is too. ;)

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  185. papaya -  July 20, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Nightingale is a wonderful word. :)

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  186. Lisa -  July 19, 2013 - 8:06 am

    “unique”
    “cadence”
    “savory”

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  187. cking -  July 18, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    Compassion

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  188. dame -  July 12, 2013 - 4:19 am

    awesome!
    never tired saying this over and over..

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  189. Sgk -  July 11, 2013 - 7:33 am

    My fav word is ‘ Diabolical ‘

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  190. Gandalf the Grey -  July 9, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Serenity, Bono (yes, U2′s lead singer), London, calling, love (all those words with that same sort of o)

    Funny thing is, I happen to really like serenity, U2, and London.

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  191. Eb -  July 8, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Best word: Paleontology

    Worst word: slurp – the word and the actual action!

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  192. St3nds -  July 7, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    I absolutely love the word “Lustrous”

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  193. Rita -  July 5, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    words i love the sound of :
    lush, sublime, pariah, cellar door, labyrinth, ethereal, toxic, zebra, paradox, tropic….and plenty more.

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  194. Jacquelyn -  July 5, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Polyuria: lovely word; nasty meaning.

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  195. Son of Thunder -  July 4, 2013 - 7:06 am

    “Aplomb” pronounced correctly oscillates in the mouth with a most affective bilabial burst that resonates deep into the throat – a beautiful auditory amplification!

    “Pulchritude” on the other hand, is stereotypical of fingers scratching across a chalk board that is totally unlike its definition…

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  196. Awesomeness -  July 1, 2013 - 12:24 am

    hippomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (without spellcheck), genesis, epiphany, ethereal, rhododendron, venezuela, red, mellow and a lot more.

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  197. max -  June 27, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    espionage

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  198. Cinta Higgins -  June 27, 2013 - 6:11 am

    I believe it is rather difficult to pinpoint and pick which is the most beautiful word in the English Language. The language in itself is deeply beautiful and every word encompasses its own special trait.

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  199. Cathy -  June 25, 2013 - 10:00 am

    I love the sound of the word cascade (or name Cassandra)

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  200. Harry -  June 22, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Perhaps

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  201. peyton -  June 22, 2013 - 4:32 am

    for me the most beautiful word in the English language is- mellifluous

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  202. lol -  June 21, 2013 - 2:22 am

    guess what? 69

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  203. lol -  June 21, 2013 - 2:19 am

    erotic

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  204. lol -  June 21, 2013 - 2:18 am

    this article was abomb

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  205. lol -  June 21, 2013 - 2:18 am

    lol

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  206. :0 -  June 20, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    propaganda:)

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  207. untitled -  June 19, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Dementia, without the associations, phonetically is quite beautiful. Moist is only gross because of the connotations, but i like the sound of it if it’s describing a cake. “Jammy” Is horrible – the way your mouth moves when you say it

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  208. michelle -  June 18, 2013 - 11:22 am

    i also like utopia

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  209. michelle -  June 18, 2013 - 11:20 am

    i also like utopia!!!!!!!!!:)

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  210. michelle -  June 18, 2013 - 11:18 am

    chocolate is the most beautiful sounding word!:)

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  211. Clifton Palmer McLendon -  June 15, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    In re “diarrhea”: Years ago I read that one (non-
    English-speaking) couple liked the sound so much that they named a daughter that.

    In re “celladora”: Let’s make it a word, it sounds so pretty. What meaning shall we give it?

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  212. susan -  June 10, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Another creepy word is “crotch.”

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  213. susan -  June 10, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Another stinky word is “crotch.”

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  214. susan -  June 10, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    “Bulb” and “pug” are awful. I like “lily” and “prairie.”

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  215. Jordan -  May 30, 2013 - 8:55 am

    I think my favorite wor di Quagmire. It just has a funny-looking picture, when you think about it. (giggity)

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  216. diogeneze -  May 30, 2013 - 5:05 am

    I formed a band once. I called it….Mucous Plug…Immaculate in its conception, its appearance foretells of human birth. I felt it to be the most beautifully sounding oral expression to ever spring forth from our medical profession…

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  218. unicorn -  May 29, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Jessie.
    wanna be buddies

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  219. unicorn -  May 29, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    noooooooo
    cute is the beautiful english word

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  220. vaikom madhu -  May 28, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Love is the most beautiful english word ever coined

    vaikom madhu

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  221. Jerry -  May 28, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Epiphany. With ‘Ethereal’ a close second.
    In fact, I think the letter ‘E’ delivers a disproportionate number of ‘most beautiful’ words, including:
    Exquisite
    Ephemeral
    Evocative
    Eternal
    Elegant
    Erotic
    Eloquent
    Eulogy

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  222. Wasi -  May 28, 2013 - 2:23 am

    For me, its Indigenous

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  223. Verne -  May 27, 2013 - 11:40 pm

    “Rhododendron” doesn’t seem like anything special when said aloud. But as for the spelling…! It is just beautiful to read and write.

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  224. Casey -  May 27, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Tube.
    t-yoo-b :-)
    It’s just rather ‘excellent’, which is incidentally another one of my favourites.
    Oh, and discombobulate.

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  225. Breanna -  May 26, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    I love the words creamy, melancholy, synthetic, crimson, and anxiety.

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  226. Amy Walker -  May 25, 2013 - 11:12 am

    They don’t know any beautifull words. That’s why your mind is blocked to them.

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  227. Jamie -  May 21, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Evocative, elocution, nomenclature, positivity, syzygy, paradoxically, esthetic, ebullient, cacophony, phonetic, filibuster, Coca-Cola, contingency, strawberry, whisper, actually, curriculum, brilliant, synchronize, chrome, chronic, Seth, categorize, gargantuan.

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  229. jacklouis -  May 17, 2013 - 10:51 am

    What a long and wonderful thread – so many good ears out there! I like succotash, squabblers and rabblerouser.
    I dislike expunge; it sounds appalling: “We observed him expunging in his car at 3:00 am.”

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  230. Krom -  May 15, 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Government, Taxation, chortle, slither, gobbledygook, therapist, mitochondria, slobber, slather, slurp, piston, manhole, Uranus, bipartisan, collagen, uvula, penile

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  231. merp -  May 15, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    requiem, ubiqutious,

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  232. gutteral -  May 15, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    fluently, flawless, flummoxing, wonderful, relaxation,vacation, roll, rumble, breeze, sentinence

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  233. pat -  May 14, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    serpentine, clock, acquiescence

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  234. the truth -  May 10, 2013 - 3:34 am

    I also love the word mellow. It has such a calming nature. Plus, my dogs name is Mello and he is the opposite of mellow.

    Sometimes I don’t get it. I mean, why would you call your dog Mello, if the mellow dog is not actually mellow even if he was mellow at first, to call him Mello when he is not mellow is absurd! (Get it! ;P)

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  235. the truth -  May 10, 2013 - 3:30 am

    I think that the;

    Worst is-squelch.
    Best is-honey.

    I love the word honey. Its really yummy and sweet sounding. Also, its a kind of cute name you can call your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, child, etc.

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  236. Marcio -  May 9, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    May fav is “blur”.

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  237. Steven -  May 7, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Sorry “Tender.”

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  238. Steven -  May 7, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    “tender” and “Belly” are my 2 favorites they work well together also I say belly 25 times a day.

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  239. Scott W -  May 7, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    My Dad told me years ago that “Cellar Door” was considered the most beautiful phrase in the English language, and would putter about the house murmuring “cellar door” under his breath over and over. Until he got it just right I guess!

    “Defenestrate” is my favorite word based on meaning alone, and although I do love to say and hear “bifurcation,” my fave word of the moment is “cylindrical”…something about how it flows off the tongue and uses most of the mouth.

    “Meadow” and “meal” have always held appeal, yet I agree that “moist” is one of the worst – comes with a litany of sounds, feelings & tastes that appall. Unless you have a headache and someone offers you a cool, moist washcloth…it which case it is better than “damp” – which infers “clammy” and sounds too much like “dank.” (Which in turn is repulsive when referring to moisture, not marijuana.)

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  240. C.Kid -  May 7, 2013 - 1:27 am

    :lol:

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  241. C.Kid -  May 7, 2013 - 1:27 am

    I love the word respect and freedom! Such harmony…. :P

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  242. Chuck Norris -  May 6, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    It reminds me of a website… THIS WEBSITE.

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  243. Chuck Norris -  May 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Dictionary is my favorite word.

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  244. Mr Gentleman -  May 4, 2013 - 9:00 am

    I love hearing the opening address “Ladies and Gentlemen!” It’s soothing and socially lubricating, lively and effervescent; the linguistic equivalent to a glass of champagne.

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  245. Chloe -  May 2, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    A word that a lot of people find gross but I find delightful: Rat. I love my pet ratties!

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  246. Emrys -  May 2, 2013 - 11:58 am

    The word that’s established in English that flows softly out of my mouth is ‘eisteddfod’ – the Welsh word for a musical competition. Another word of Welsh derivation is corgi, but this one has little musicality because it’s a derisory description of a ‘dwarf dog’. Fascinating comments here revealing the huge array of imported words that make English a ‘lingua franca’. Also showing that beautiful actions and thoughts generally have beautiful words whereas ugly actions have ugly words – naturally!

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  247. kath -  April 30, 2013 - 3:27 am

    I have always loved the word ‘Meadow’. And ‘serene’.

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  248. Rhi -  April 28, 2013 - 12:02 am

    I have to say the word i love is ‘Freedom’. It’s just perfect :)

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  249. Jessie -  April 24, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    My contribution for the most beautiful word is ” rhapsody”. Evokes images of soothing music, a sense of being well-orchestrated…..

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  250. Awesomepossumpants woot woot -  April 24, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Omnipotent is soooooooooooooooooo cool. But i cant beeleeve no on said Harry potter is the most awesome word ever!!!!!!

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  251. THE Caitlyn -  April 23, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Majestic!
    And lol @ ErikwithaK ! Horny much?

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  252. Wayne B. -  April 23, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Nicholas Lopes, your more bored than I am.

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  253. Conner -  April 23, 2013 - 11:09 am

    I like Tusks, the s-k-s is very fun to pronounce.

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  254. Sarah Songbyrd -  April 23, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Serephina I think is a beautiful name.

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  255. mr -  April 23, 2013 - 12:17 am

    im go for “nimbus”

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  256. Bronwyn Hewitt -  April 22, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    What is so wrong with the word MOIST??!!
    Do you people never eat moist cake?
    Do you never feel moist and ready for sex?
    Moist is good ;)

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  257. Abbie -  April 22, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    i think the word “Ivory” is the most beautiful word, because it reminds me of the smell of a book shop on a hot summer’s day, the feel of expensive paper, and beautifully detailed and ornate carvings (particularly of elephants*)

    *(I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Mary’s mother and aunt both had matching ivory elephants, and Mary kept them, ((I think)) to be closer to the mother she never had, so that’s why when i think of ivory, i think of elephant carvings.)
    Just in case you wanted to know. :0)

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  258. Maureen -  April 22, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Zanzibar, ethereal, waif, nuance, gossamer, charlatan, Choctaw, and from my anatomy days… sternocleidomastoid, obicularis oris and hypocampal gyrus. Gosh this is a fun thread… I wonder if neurolinguistic programmers would be interested in this?

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  259. Rick -  April 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Languid
    Works well in any poem.
    Autumn

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  260. Deepan -  April 22, 2013 - 2:49 am

    ‘Magic’ is my personal favorite :-)

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  261. Sidran -  April 18, 2013 - 11:03 am

    I am far from being a member of the Grammar Police but I did notice a bit of a glaring error from the blog:

    “A user” who says “they are” “mildly synaesthesiac” (learn exactly what that means, here) finds the following words have “a bumpy, or hill-like, nature:”

    Perhaps, “A user who is” “mildly synaesthesiac,” would work better even though “synaesthesiac” can not be described with an adverb.

    Also, “A user with” “mild synaesthesia” would be correct.

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  262. Sophie -  April 17, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    I love the way ‘pleniloquent’ falls from the tongue. It’s one of my favourite words to say.

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  263. Alexandra -  April 14, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    I know it’s a technical term, but I think the best word is “Conglomeration”. I Just love the way it rolls out of one’s mouth. “Pulchritudinous”, “Ambivalence”, “Soliloquy”, “Fray”, “Splendid” and “Ostentatious” are all good, too.

    On the other hand, the worst word has got to be “mucous”

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  264. GAC -  April 10, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Whisper.

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  265. Anya -  April 9, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Most beautiful word(s): ardor; joy; incandescent

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  266. Dan Stevens -  April 7, 2013 - 9:55 am

    Picnic… if you really pronounce the c’s

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  267. Jack -  April 4, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    The best sounding word in my opinion is wuss, or wussage.

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  268. Malihe -  April 4, 2013 - 9:25 am

    My favorite is
    literature
    paradise

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  269. Yes I said It -  April 2, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Fluff :)

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  270. jenny stin -  March 30, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Lovely is a pretty word! so is sprinkles and cupcakes and luxurious and joyful and beautiful and pizza and bulldogs and kitty and pretty and hallelujah and Jesus and bridges carnation and roses. THAT”S IT!!!

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  271. Gen -  March 28, 2013 - 6:39 am

    IDIOSYNCRASIES is my favourite, perhaps not beautiful, but intriguing

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  272. kathy -  March 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

    to me, the most beautiful word is “Grace”

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  273. Chloe -  March 27, 2013 - 10:51 am

    chandelier
    candelabra
    poem
    serendipity
    lovely
    splendiferous
    lavender
    pretty
    pavane
    waltz
    minuet

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  274. Gene -  March 27, 2013 - 6:23 am

    I think that LOVE is the most beautiful word on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  275. Wanda Crowder -  March 23, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    I have, always, saying the Montevideo.
    I will tell you, though, when I first read the question, “serendipity” came to mind.

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  276. Lauriann -  March 23, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    Phosphorescence

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  277. Shaina -  March 23, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Window, celadon…..

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  278. Lewis Zapata-Lee -  March 22, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    I like the following:
    “Antidisestablishmentarianism”, “Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliaphobia”,
    “Flauccinaucinihilipilification”, and “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”
    because they are so long, “Defenestration” and “Tintinnabulation” because they have such silly meanings for such impressive words, “Chthonic” because it has a ridiculous spelling (I sometimes challenge people to spell it), and
    “Superfluous”, “Soliloquy”, “Thither”, “Murmur”, “Azure”, “Oscillation”, “Meander”, “Zoetrope” and others because of the sounds. “Cellar door” is also nice, but is more than one word.

    I think that the worst word in the English language – and I’m sure that many will agree – is “Snide”.

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  279. Time Traveller -  March 21, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Narcissus, galaxy, and fedora are my favorite words to say. And fedorable, even though it’s not a word. It’s so much fun! And fez. But not fezzes. Or twelfth… *shudder*

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  280. Cary Granite -  March 21, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    “Cellar door”? What a rotten choice — conjures up images of Norman Bates in “Psycho” hiding his mother’s mummified remains.

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  281. Cary Granite -  March 21, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    “Peat moss.” I remember my baby sister saying “I just love peat moss, don’t you? – she didn’t know what it was but was sure it must be something wonderful because of the way it sounded.

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  282. Frank The Limerick Rake -  March 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Whoa, I posted here months ago. Weird.

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  283. Frank The Limerick Rake -  March 21, 2013 - 8:45 am

    I don’t know why but I’ve always loved the word ‘malt’.

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  284. leod82 -  March 21, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Any word that is of Anglo-Saxon origin (namely, English words). English unfortunately has lost almost 80% of perfectly good wordstock, lost to French, Latin and Greek replacements.
    The vast majority of words folk mention here are a Hodge-podge mixture of Latin, French and Greek.

    I choose this great Anglish mix:

    Sye, Leod, Asunder, Missenly, Hera, Theed, Earm, Ellen, Fierd, Fareing, Fay, Gainrising, Wrixle, Atter, Edder, Atheling, Fordo, Healand, Heleth

    Anglish Sye! Brook Anglish, keep it alive!

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  285. Sarah -  March 21, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Ooooohh, I also like “gossamer”

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  286. Sarah -  March 21, 2013 - 7:45 am

    My favorite word is “archetype” However, I also believe “facile” to be a beautiful word.

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  287. Susan -  March 20, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    condensation and trifecta

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  288. Red -  March 19, 2013 - 12:36 am

    The words that I find the most beautiful (mostly in sound but also probably partially in meaning), are venomous, feral, and slither.

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  289. hahaitsme -  March 18, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    joshua girraffe

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  290. Rosie J -  March 18, 2013 - 5:44 am

    Gossamer, twilight and infinitesimal are my favourites

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  291. M -  March 14, 2013 - 8:11 pm

    Another word I like is a Spanish one: Epifanía. It’s epiphany. It just sounds very musical

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  292. M -  March 14, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    My favorite word is rejuvinate. I just love the way it sounds…

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  293. Lashawna Leaton -  March 14, 2013 - 10:28 am

    My favorites would have to be Destiny, Serenity, and Sanctuary.

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  294. Larytater -  March 13, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Mellifluous is probably my favorite, but there is just something special about sultry and languid (I know, they have similar meanings). Also, there’s froth, frost, Palladian, dormant, endearing, rhombus, maniacal, tithe, sullen, trachea, since, era, eon, aura, silt, thrill, mordent (a musical term), forthwith, ream, stream, preen, taste… Ack! I think all the words are beautiful; even moist has some charm. And I bet a lot of people will dislike splurge, but I think it sounds great and is fun to say.

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  295. yo -  March 13, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    I just love saying the words “pastel” its just so pretty!

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  296. Alex -  March 13, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    amalgamate
    superfluous
    gratuitous

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  297. Meg -  March 12, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    A word that sounds like “cellar door” and is also a real word: celadon!

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  298. Debbie -  March 12, 2013 - 9:08 am

    I like the word ineluctable. I also like aplomb, sacrosanct, and peroration. My favorite word to type is independence, because I get to type the letter ‘e’ four times.

    My favorite sounding words in French (I’m sharing this because I doubt that anyone will ever ask) are: revanche(revenge) and bouilloire siffleuse (whistling tea kettle).

    My least favorite English word? Guts.

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  299. Dave -  March 12, 2013 - 2:53 am

    IMy favourite word is Michelle, because she is beautiful and I love her. :))

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  300. Ty -  March 7, 2013 - 1:37 am

    I have no idea what the most beautiful sound is, i just… i dunno anymore. -.-

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  301. Musician -  March 6, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Personally, the word that sounds the prettiest to me is a music term – “Glissando.” Glissando means to go up or down on a scale very fast (many people have heard it on pianos). It just sounds very sophisticated and rolls off the tongue.

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  302. Natasha -  March 6, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    My favorite words to say and hear are ones you could imagine someone whispering, like Evanescence, Soothing, Sleep, Exquisite, Creamy, Whisper and Murmur. Yes, some people already mentioned these I think ;P

    The nastiest words ever: fester, glutton, ointment and spurt. When I think spurt I think spurting blood or pus…>.<

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  303. Rosalie -  March 5, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Personally, my favorite words are clandestine, euphoria, serendipity, effervescent, and melodic.

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  304. Niche Smith -  March 5, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Lavender or lilac

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  305. ErikwithaK -  March 5, 2013 - 11:19 am

    For those who see nothing good coming from the word moist; I love when my girlfriend uses it.

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  306. Catherine -  March 5, 2013 - 12:57 am

    I can’t agree with cellar door, first because it’s not a word; it’s two words. Also, there is the fact that on the other side of the cellar door are the smells of dirt and long-stored potatoes. Some word connotations are just too strong for the word to be considered without them.

    Long ago, I read an article that reported the results of an extensive survey done to identify the most beautiful-sounding word in the English language. “Dawn” was the word that had been chosen. Since I have a brother-in-law named Don, and since the word “don” has come to mean a patriarch, literally or figuratively, who uses his influence and position for illicit purposes, I have a theory. I believe that “don” would never have been chosen. I think the claim that “dawn” is the most beautiful-sounding word is based much more on the image the word brings to mind of an apricot, plum and silver sunrise than on the actual sound of the word.

    I have remembered that article many times over the years and always ended up re-rejecting the results of the survey. For that reason, it is delightful to realize that one of my favorite-sounding words, “celadon,” has some of the melody of “cellar door” and also that of “dawn.”

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  307. RANDOM USER -  February 28, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    i think periwinkle is a very pretty word

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  308. Nicholas Lopes -  February 28, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    My favorite words are:
    Apothecary
    Arabesque
    Arcane
    Archaic
    Automaton
    Bazaar
    Carillon
    Carousel
    Cauldron
    Chagrin
    Courtesan
    Damascene
    Dandelion
    Dappled
    Diadem
    Dovetail
    Eidolon
    Eudaemonia
    Farrago
    Gossamer
    Hazelnut
    Hierophant
    Iantine
    Iridescent
    Lacquerware
    Maelstrom
    Mausoleum
    Melange
    Menagerie
    Nautilus
    Nightingale
    Nosegay
    Nuance
    Onyx
    Sibyl
    Sinuous
    Skylark
    Wanderlust
    Woolgather

    and my favorite word is CHRYSELEPHANTINE-made of ivory and gold.

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  309. Clary -  February 27, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Luminescent. Waded. Enfulged. Grace. Delirious. Warlock.

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  310. WVN777 -  February 27, 2013 - 8:27 am

    I like the sound of “Esmeralda” (no, I don’t know anyone named Esmeralda) for the way it slides off the lips and tongue. “Symphony” sounds nice as long as the “f” in the middle is softened. “Serendipity” sounds nice enough I suppose, but it has that annoying bumpy “t” at the end.

    (I won’t submit “Esmeralda la Chantefleurie” as a most beautiful sounding phrase, because that’s French. Elvish and French almost always sound beautiful.)

    “Putrid” sounds every bit as bad as its meaning. I must say that “moist”, and its sidekick “juicy” for that matter, both sound revolting even if they’re not. But then, “mimsy” sounds nice, even if it means “unhappy”.

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  311. GarfieldLogan -  February 24, 2013 - 10:09 am

    I think that indubitably & meniscus are very beautiful words.

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  312. bella -  February 22, 2013 - 7:27 am

    My fave word is amish. they are some amazing people!$%#$%

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  313. Kennedy -  February 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    “Picturesque” is definitely a beautiful sounding word to me.

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  314. Bianca -  February 20, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    serene

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  315. Celladora -  February 20, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Venezuela, moccasin, groovy, fantasy, Fantasia, phantom, ponderous, funk, psychedelic, funkadelic, funky, warp, Chewbacca, mania, maniacal, San Francisco, San Diego, el diablo, Vegas, bonkers, banana, jazz, juicy, endorphin, wolf, lake, Jupiter, stud-muffin, celestial, sonic, phonetic, substance, chainsaw, plethora, smorgasbord, wave, Veronica, wonderland, jiggle, juggle, jalopy, justice, jargon, jive, vine, vineyard, vivacious, vivid, aesthetic, velvet, lightning, thunder, blizzard, overdrive, silver, wet, busted, boost, Lance, lizard, amber, preposterous, kick, crank, crunk, Croatia, Malaysia, Arabia, Egyptian, moose, latchet, booty…

    I may have gotten a little carried away.

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  316. me -  February 20, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Irrevocable is the best word ever. It just rolls off the tongue like a slinky down the stairs. When its over you want to do it again.

    Gnat is the worst word. It even looks gross.

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  317. stevo -  February 20, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Some great comments, here. I have to take another direction, however. I find among the most displeasing words to be “tons,” as in “tons of people,” used in the second paragraph of the article above. I know using tons in that way is becoming accepted, although I’m not sure why. I do think a more poetic, or traditional, choice of words should be used. Why not merely write “Many people also shared their own choice…”

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  318. Robin1369 -  February 20, 2013 - 1:56 am

    I like the way the word “sauce” sounds. It’s something about the “s” sounds that I like….

    Also, breath (as in “take a deep breath”, not as in “I can’t breath” [is there supposed to be an "e" at the end?]).

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  319. Tek -  February 20, 2013 - 1:21 am

    Not a letter-oriented synesthete, but I do perceive some bizarre effects periodically with sounds producing* colors , and especially when sung, the words ‘wisteria’, ‘sesquipedalian’, ‘gonorrhea’, ‘mellifluous’, and ‘Rhodesia’ regularly both look and sound beautiful to me at least.

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  320. Annie -  February 19, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    I like ‘lullaby’–so soft, so lilting. All those lovely L’s. Come to think of it, ‘lovely’ is pretty, too. Also, ‘meadow,’ ‘dell,’ and, of course, ‘baby.’

    Not so fond of ‘spider webs,’ ‘gruel,’ ‘cancer,’ ‘grim,’ and ‘death.’

    Particularly funny for me: ‘bum.’

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  321. R. -  February 19, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Note: We should give Horace Walpole credit for bringing “serendipity” into the English language.

    My favorite words change all the time. Today I like:
    autumn
    skinflint (funny and sounds exactly like what it is)
    cerulean (great sound and beautiful color)
    quintessence
    fierce
    wisteria
    zany (a perennial favorite)

    The ugliest word to see, to hear, to say:
    obese

    Alternatives:
    portly
    large
    generous

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  322. anon. -  February 17, 2013 - 11:52 am

    favourites: poetic, soliloquy, euphonious, cellar door, fern, wuthering, dusk, dawn, philosophy, ambiguous, glacier

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  323. Lily -  February 16, 2013 - 11:07 am

    I like “supple”.

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  324. xav -  February 14, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    food is my favorite

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  325. Brian Eargle -  February 14, 2013 - 7:59 am

    “Moist” sounds delicious to me.
    “moist coconut cake”
    “moist baked chicken”
    “moist roast beef”
    “moist fudge brownies”
    “moist turkey and dressing”

    Most anything edible sounds better “moist” than “dry”,
    except maybe air-dried fruits and vegetables for storage or hiking.

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  326. Mario -  February 13, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed saying the word boogaloo.

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  327. Giovanna -  February 11, 2013 - 9:59 am

    i really think the word pseudology is a cool word!

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  328. Word Nerd -  February 10, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    Hippopotomonstrosesquipidaliophobia
    Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism
    Floccinaucinihilipilification

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  329. Anonymous -  February 8, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    I like gossamer… it really rolls off the tongue

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  330. Maham -  February 7, 2013 - 10:07 am

    I love the word ‘glacier’.

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  331. Bryan -  February 7, 2013 - 8:28 am

    I will never tire of the sound of ‘dinner bell’….

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  332. Alex -  February 6, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    I really like the words irredescent, glowing, sympathatic, breeze, balmy, flowing, glazed, and somewhat

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  333. Anonymous -  February 6, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    I hate: Bread- it just sticks in your mouth and stops you!

    The most beautiful word: melodious, yearn, or anonymous

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  334. mona -  February 5, 2013 - 8:33 am

    I think words are always associated with the meaning …. I really dislike the words gross and muck …. my favorite by far are honorificabilitudinitatibus and enchiridion ..

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  335. Nishtha -  February 5, 2013 - 4:50 am

    and hippopotomonstrosesquipidaliophobia

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  336. Nishtha -  February 5, 2013 - 4:49 am

    i like the words pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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  337. danielle -  February 4, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    I love the word Vexation

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  338. Paul -  February 4, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Putrify would have to come close to being the worst sounding word

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  339. Pilch -  February 3, 2013 - 1:23 am

    Majestic.. Spirit.. Sunrise.. Golden.. Luminous.. Free.. Midsummer.. Peace.. Sorcery.. Serene.. Cosmic.. Champagne.. Inspirational..

    Ok, not all of them exactly the best sounding in terms of “rolling off the tongue”, but the mental images produced when read/said/heard can be among the most beautiful..

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  340. Fatty -  January 31, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    I love chocolate

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  341. Meggie -  January 29, 2013 - 9:27 am

    My favorite word used to be favorite, but now I have no idea… I do like the word soliloquy and sissors…

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  342. Lewis -  January 28, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Words are great aren’t they. I love language. Some make you happy, some make you cringe, and some make you just plain confused. It’s not surprising people who are learning English as a second language say it’s so confusing and complex. Think about it; we have words that sound the same, are spelt the same, but have different meanings (eg – grate = fireplace, grate = to rub), words that sound the same, are spelt differently and have different meanings (eg – sun, son) words with silent letters (aisle) and words where the first two letters are in no way indicative of how that word is enunciated (phone, phosphorous).

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  343. Sunlit -  January 27, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    I love “effervescence” and “synergy”and any fun-to-say ones,
    like ‘syncopate’ and ‘giggle’ and ‘troglodyte’…

    Worst? F___k – sound disgusting, painful, brutal, abusive – and
    SOOOO overused! ~ I cannot say or spell it!
    And I’m sick of hearing it !!!

    Observation: How often S is in faves, and how often g and k
    are in hated ( ~ as if hacking up a loogie! )

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  344. Denise -  January 27, 2013 - 11:57 am

    Puke and vomit are the worst words EVER! My grandson adds “hurl”

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  345. gark -  January 26, 2013 - 11:45 pm

    Words I like: nonplus, peach, juxtapose, ambivalent, breeze, scurvy

    Words I don’t: grammar, now, literally, awesome, cheese

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  346. Leah -  January 26, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    My favorite words/phrases are rancor, scandalous, and flotsam and jetsam. I find all three delightful to say. For “scandalous,” I particularly like the progression of sounds between the two “s,” which hiss nicely. “Rancor” is a good hard word that for some reason always makes me think of dragons. And “flotsam and jetsam” is just plain fun and bubbly to say, and though it refers to a wreck, the phrase makes the image sound less severe, even pleasant.

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  347. Fiona -  January 26, 2013 - 8:43 am

    I love the word archipelago.

    . . . and rotundity

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  348. Jennifer -  January 25, 2013 - 6:12 am

    I have loved the phrase “catalytic converter” since the 1970′s.

    For years I loathed the word “galoshes,” but that has lessened over the years – perhaps because I longer have to wear them. People always made me feel like a freak for disliking the word “moist” so much, but after perusing this list of comments I think they were in denial.

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  349. Lee -  January 25, 2013 - 4:51 am

    “Kerfuffle.” It never quite leaves your mouth…..

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  350. Hugh Patton -  January 24, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Anyone suggest murmur? Once was considered the most sonorous in the language. Or maybe our perceptions of sound change with the age.

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  351. Justin -  January 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

    “Moist” as the most gross-sounding word? I’d like to add my vote in that category, and also nominate “panties.” I will not proceed any further with this, but you can probably see the potential for the worst phrase in human history.

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  352. Laura -  January 24, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Sphygmomanometer and Sclerenchyma are two of my favorite awesome-sounding words.

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  353. Miach -  January 23, 2013 - 5:21 am

    I like the word svelte.

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  354. Michael Davis -  January 22, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    My favorite word is inquisitorial.

    I’ve used it very effectively a few times when people ask poignant and personal questions. I very sternly say, “why the inquisitorial tone!” It impresses others to repeat the word, Inquisitorial. They say it with such delight!

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  355. Kathaleen -  January 22, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    epiphany is beautiful.. but I thought of serendipity right away as well

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  356. bewarethehair -  January 22, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Lugubrious is my favourite word in the English language.

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  357. Osku -  January 22, 2013 - 7:43 am

    My favourite word would have to be either: sonorous or equilibrium

    Words that I hate: ointment, gangrene

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  358. Postman -  January 22, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Eulogy for sound and vicarious for feeling

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  359. Tanya -  January 22, 2013 - 12:33 am

    The most beautiful sounding word to me is ephemeral.. also esoteric…

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  360. Christie -  January 21, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Why are some words more satisfying to say than others? For example, eclectic feels good to say. It’s as if you’ve just accomplished something, like hearing a satisfying crunch when you bite down on a pretzel.

    Cellar door sounds nice because it’s an airy and light sounding word like mellifluous. But by definition, beauty is in the ear of the beholder.

    Maybe I like words that have a certain feel to them, like “crunchy” or “airy.”

    Maybe I like words because of the signified attached to it. For example, someone said that exotic was a beautiful word… here’s where I disagree. The signified is a desirable thing but I don’t find the word particular pleasing to the ear.

    If we’re talking about sound here maybe we should divorce the word from it’s meaning in order to have a more targeted discussion of the most beautiful word in the English language.

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  361. Courtney -  January 21, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    My favourite word: symphony
    Fun to say and has a beautiful connotation.

    The worst words to say are ones the cropped up in by biology class far too often: moist and flacid

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  362. Jack Hoff -  January 21, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    I think “gross” is the most gross-sounding word ever, since it sounds the most like it, since it IS it.

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  363. Reinfred -  January 21, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    I love cellar door. Moist is the worst word, and song just sounds really foreign/Asian-like.

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  364. Cella -  January 20, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    As one can see, I ended up using the first part of celladora as my screen name.

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  365. jac -  January 20, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    serendipity is a nice word. I think it’s one of my favorites. but, I do consider the word countenance as well..

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  366. Joemt -  January 20, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Liberty
    Howitzer
    Mystical

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  368. Sam -  January 20, 2013 - 4:28 am

    antidisestablishmentarianism is a horrible word – it’s just ‘establish’ with bits clumsily tacked about it – I think it is better described as a sentence. Another word i love though is ‘syzygy’, one i learnt from this fine website!

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  369. Sam -  January 20, 2013 - 4:18 am

    my Swedish girlfriend first introduced me to the ‘cellar door’ proclaimation as something she was told in school. My Dad’s favourite is ‘serendipity’, interestingly, but mine is absolutely ‘gastrointeritis’ – i love the way it bounces!

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  370. Laura Nass -  January 19, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    For many years I’ve liked the sound of the word “conduit”. It starts out warm, and ends up with a little flip, leading to a point of closure. (That last sentence probably doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me; it describes my own synesthetic feelings about the word).

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  371. Fluffy -  January 19, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    I’d have to say my favourite word is “firmament”, as in the night sky. The ugliest? “Burger”.

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  372. Wordmistress -  January 19, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Personally I like ‘illusion’ and ‘lagoon’ the best!

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  373. Amy -  January 18, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    I noticed right away, in the lists of “beautiful” versus “ugly” word sounds, that the words perceived as beautiful are heavy in high-frequency sounds, like f, s, and sh. A and O are the highest-frequency vowels, too. On the other hand, M (as in “moist”) is one of the lowest-frequency sounds. I wonder if this might be the basis of English’s “beautiful” versus “ugly” words? See what you think!

    Here are a list of made-up words full of high-frequency sounds:
    Shakath
    Forsitish
    Kafoss

    Now, here are a list of low-frequency “words”:
    zemub
    mengum
    vezdin

    Do the high-frequency “words” sound nicer to you than the low-frequency ones?

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  374. glenn -  January 18, 2013 - 10:48 am

    I have always thought that euphonious is a beautiful word as are all it’s derivatives e.g euphony , euphonium.

    Whereas pus is an ugly sounding word, as is antipathy but that could be related to their meanings.

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  375. Jack McGamma -  January 17, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    you know which word i hate???
    ointment

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  376. Ann -  January 16, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Also talisman is quite a beautiful word.

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  377. Ann -  January 16, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    My favourite words – not all beautiful, necessarily, just everyday words I like to hear & speak: surreptitious, olive, quintessential, furtive, coffee, subtle, oblivion, eloquence, amiable, soulful, cosmopolitan, serendipity, muffin, resilience, fathom, vivacious, violin, miserly, surrender, vast, empathy, coconut milk (haha). :)

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  378. shayan -  January 15, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    immemorial

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  379. Stan -  January 14, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Eucalyptus and labyrinth – two of my faves.

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  380. Maria -  January 13, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Phosphorescence
    Sounds whimsical and flourescent
    ^^^^ Those two are beautiful as well

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  381. Cupcake Queen -  January 12, 2013 - 10:59 am

    I think we can conclude that words including the letters “L” and “F” (or “PH”) are pulchritudinous.

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  382. Cupcake Queen -  January 12, 2013 - 10:51 am

    @ Amariah: I agree! Lush is such a peaceful, mellifluous word. I swear you were me. ;)

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  383. Lynne Scott -  January 11, 2013 - 7:52 am

    melliflous

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  384. Sierra -  January 10, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    My favorite word is effeminate. I like how it sounds and the definition seems to make me happy, too.

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  385. Ayat -  January 9, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    GOOGOL is the word i love. Dont be mistaken I do not mean Google but the number googol.

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  386. Allie -  January 7, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    I like the word “ephemeral”!

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  387. Allison -  January 7, 2013 - 11:20 am

    That’s funny……..earlier today, before I read this, I was thinking of how much I love the word serendipitous!

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  388. Lisa -  January 6, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Libidinous. I love the feel of the word as I say it.

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  389. Nate -  January 6, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    I like accentuate.

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  390. KRIBABE -  January 3, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    I like serendipity too…but reallllly like to use the word SERENDIPITOUS in a sentence…people look at you going, “huhhhh?”

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  391. KRIBABE -  January 3, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    I LOVE discombobulate and indubitably

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  392. Kahalo -  December 27, 2012 - 6:07 am

    It is impossible for me to select a single favorite word – there are so many!

    My favorite spoken word is “crisp”. Though it is but a single syllable, you hear each letter, which gives it the impression of depth.

    My favorite trivia word incorporates the five main vowels: “sequoia”.

    My favorite word to type is “appropriation”.

    One of my least favorite words is “awesome”, closely followed by “dude”.

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  393. Bora -  December 26, 2012 - 4:41 am

    With English being the best language out there (i.e. omnipresent, practical, easy to use, rich, alive, ever-changing, useful, beautiful-sounding, appropriate, comfortable etc.), it is hard to pick one word I like best…

    But one simple word comes to my mind right now, and that is ‘great’! Seems to me it not only conveys the significance of how fantastic something/someone is, but it also creates (in my mind, at least) a feeling of an elevated actual physical size, indicating how high smth/s.o. stands in terms of value… Have you noticed how people instinctively look up when they say ‘great’? :)

    As for worst words, I have never thought about them and, honestly, I’m not sure I want to do that… Most jargon words come and go, living out their days through the seasons/generations. I believe every word serves a purpose, short or long-term, and it eventually filters out by itself when obsolete.

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  394. cupcake -  December 24, 2012 - 3:37 am

    All those words that have been omitted are quite nice but in my opinion it has to be ‘cinnamon’. Sounds nice and tastes nice (especially with apple pie!) ;)

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  395. Cupcake Queen -  December 22, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Cellar door?? REALLY?!?!?! I think “chancellor” is a fabulously gorgeous word.

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  396. Nancy -  December 22, 2012 - 8:43 am

    plenipotentiary.

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  397. hi -  December 21, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    I love the word “ethereal” as well as “soliloquy.” I really dislike the word “peer,” don’t ask why

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  398. Steve -  December 19, 2012 - 7:22 am

    “Cellar door” is always a favourite. If I’m going to contribute my own word to the discussion, meaning and connotation aside, I’d go for “sanguineous”. As for least favourite, I’d probably say “poise” or “bulb”. It seems like nice words need to flow while ugly words are short and bring focus to a single unattractive syllable.

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  399. marium shaikh -  December 15, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    nope. the best sounding word in english is Free, followed by cash, followed by beautiful. the grossest word is monday, followed by poop, followed by garbage

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  400. The Inadvertant Scapegoat -  December 13, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    Whimsical in every respect.

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  401. Hank -  December 13, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    MELLIFLUOUS — it’s so darn mellifluous.

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  402. O@G -  December 13, 2012 - 7:40 am

    yes to melifluous
    ubiquitous
    kerfuffle

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  403. Laura -  December 12, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    Good words: Bibelot, soap, pot, poster, dope, foal, bean.

    Bad words: Nostril, uncle, pick

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  404. mjrunderwater -  December 12, 2012 - 11:53 am

    The worse sounding word is — puke

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  405. Prodip -  December 12, 2012 - 12:12 am

    The favorite word is “MOTHER”

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  406. Earthboud Misfit -  December 7, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Amity is favourite word… but, mainly for it’s meaning. check out my YouTube channel: EarthboundMisfit89

    As far as sound goes:

    Throttle
    Arithmetic
    Spherical
    Vertex
    Inspire and Expire
    Inevitable
    Formaldehyde
    Malicious
    Relic
    Cavernous
    Hideous
    Coagulate
    Translucent
    Cellar vs Seller
    calligraphy
    concrete
    meander
    impliment
    pouch
    cauldron
    granjeur
    mdelodical
    rhytmic
    flesh
    ethereal
    ubiquitous
    optical
    reluinqish

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  407. Anna Reid -  December 5, 2012 - 9:23 am

    I don’t know that I can choose a most beautfiful sounding word- I love many words!
    But right now my favorite one is “caddywampus”. My mom used to say it all the time to describe things that were off-kilter or crooked….I just think it’s a fun word to say!

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  408. Federico -  December 5, 2012 - 5:24 am

    A word that everybody likes in English is kiss, and another is okay

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  409. Carlos Rios -  November 30, 2012 - 4:51 am

    pacific
    cornet
    nova
    ebony
    zenith
    elixir
    evergreen
    lagoon
    nemesis
    champagne
    nirvana
    peacock
    twilight
    halo
    silhouette
    cyan
    pilot
    bloom
    overture
    war
    needle
    coma
    flame
    oval
    baron
    regal
    bone
    savanna

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  410. Ralf -  November 26, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I like words where you’d expect a diphthong but there is none, like “mosaic”, “deity” or “coerce”.

    From the examples in the article “phosphorescence” is my favorite. Such lovely spelling, so many superfluous letters if you think about it.

    “Phlegm” is pretty ugly. Or “puny”. So degrading.

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  411. eddie -  November 26, 2012 - 9:09 am

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    by far

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  412. Angelise -  November 24, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    I am absolutely enamored with the words pearlescent, pyre, lace, leather, lover, vibrant, scarlet, vixen, breathe, enthralled, aura, ivy, ashen, rivulet, tendril, shiver, gossamer, malachite, earth, vivacious, ochre, seraphine, adore, admire, shard, pierce, cry, crescent, vintage, scintillatingly, reverie, ecstasy, cavalier, whisper, atmosphere, heather, azure, and private.
    I love the name Jonah.
    And I am so strongly against the word- it pains me to type it- nail. It makes my teeth hurt to read it or hear it or say it or type it here. It’s just so merciless and unforgiving to my virgin ears. I avoid it at all costs and cringe whenever someone uses it in casual conversation. It makes me want to scream and crawl under the floor.

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  413. Saurabh -  November 24, 2012 - 10:26 am

    My fav word is tintinnabulation.

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  414. zuzuz -  November 24, 2012 - 3:01 am

    Shenanigans, silhouette, and God’s Acre are few of my favorites
    “Hour”, “Our”, and “Origin” are my few examples of uglies.

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  415. Shayde -  November 20, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    I say Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Beautiful, why yes. Simply because it is hard to say and the feeling of accomplishment when you manage to pronounce this devious tongue-twister, and successfully spell it, is quite a nice sensation.

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  416. Kimm Minkler -  November 20, 2012 - 8:14 am

    The grossest word? TWEAK.

    The loveliest word? HOME

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  417. Lisa -  November 20, 2012 - 7:00 am

    LOVE

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  418. Some Donkus -  November 20, 2012 - 6:19 am

    My favorite word: Paradise.

    Least favorite words: exercise, sickle, and period.

    If you want to know why I dont like exercise, I never say it right and it the way I say it sounds weird. My family is always trying to make me say it right.

    “Extercise”. Ex-ter-ci-se.

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  419. Ali Lynn -  November 19, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    My least favorite word, by far, is formidable. It sounds as if it’d have a negative connotation to it, but it’s intended as a compliment of sorts. My favorite word has to be “Beguile.” I would’ve said insidious, but I believe someone already said that, and used in in such terrible context that it changed the definition of the word. Not only is the word beguile fun to say, but it is also, quite literally, luring! :D

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  420. Lynda Lee -  November 18, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Aurora – most beautiful word. Not only does it sound beautiful, but it means something beautiful

    Flatulence – grossest word. Not only does it sound gross, but it means something gross.

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  421. kay -  November 18, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Flower, Vannila, Smooth, LOVE and the name of my boyfreind

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  422. Tiffany -  November 18, 2012 - 9:11 am

    I think it should be supercalifragerlisticespialidocious

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  423. me.. -  November 18, 2012 - 4:13 am

    but, if you ask the word in urdu, probably the whole urdu vocabulary will be repeated here in comments, for it is such a melodious language….

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  424. me.. -  November 18, 2012 - 4:02 am

    I dont know if anybody has suggested but the words that come to my mind are ‘serene’ & ‘melliflous’

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  425. leon zhang -  November 17, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    boring

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  426. arcadia -  November 17, 2012 - 9:41 am

    My favorite word is “Trustworthy”. The meaning is unbeatable. But it’s not a good name. I named my children words that I liked the sound and meaning of: Odyssey, Meridian, Dhæro. All boys. They are old enough now to give me feedback and all of them like their unusual names.

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  427. callmeanything:) -  November 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Convoluted

    It is not really a beautiful word, but I love the sound of it. It also is a word I can use! There are a lot of words that are cool to know, but nearly impossible to use without sounding random. (Can a person “sound random”?)

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  428. Paul -  November 15, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    acquiescence.

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  429. ADRIAN -  November 14, 2012 - 10:47 am

    lots of things yall guys siad (people)

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  430. Safiyah -  November 13, 2012 - 3:33 am

    My favourite words are metamorphosis, photosynthesis, anatase, and sapphire. I love words with “ph” and “s” in them, for some reason. XD

    Also, sapphire sounds like my name. Maybe that’s why I like ph and s.

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  431. Randy -  November 10, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    Favorite word is “sparkle” followed closely by “snuggle”.

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  432. deidre116 -  November 6, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Add these in: Ravenna, viridian, Iroquois, panna cotta, terra firma, amygdala, cashmere, nirvana, salient, mantra, tantric, phantasmagoria

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  433. Niki -  November 5, 2012 - 1:41 am

    I was quite amused by a list which included golden, melodious, lullaby and… gonorrhoea!

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  434. Steve -  November 4, 2012 - 10:15 am

    ‘ENTHUSIASM said with enthusiasm is a great word. It sounds like what it means.
    I remember learning it in Grade 1 or 2. We thought it was the longest word ever.

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  435. Cella -  November 3, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    Cella Mondegrine is my online alias, thanks to Hotword. I even have a blog named cellaspeak.

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  436. johnboy -  November 2, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    I like “effervescent” myself.It has a nice ring to it

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  437. Sherry -  November 2, 2012 - 8:05 am

    I prefer frankenstien

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  438. denzlestrife -  November 1, 2012 - 10:07 am

    i would have to say the most bueatiful word ever to me is BLOOD at first when you say it it starts off hard and sudden but after pronouncing the B part it just flows of the tougue im goth lol but the worst sounding word i can thing of would have to be GOBBLE its just so wierd and the funniest would have to be FUPER :) gives an image huh

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  439. Rudy -  October 28, 2012 - 9:24 am

    “Inenubilable”, a word I learned from Nabokov’s Pale Fire, is a word I contest to not only be the most poetic sounding, but have the most poetic meaning: “unable to be cleared of clouds”

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  440. Katie -  October 27, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    I love all words, I’m very much a poetry person. I think everything is in how they are used. No one has mentioned eerily. And Little Italy is fun to say :)

    My least favorite word is that. Talk about a word that sounds about as flat as it gets, then pair that with the fact that ‘that’ has no real meaning, just a lot of uses…

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  441. ME -  October 27, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    GANGNAM-STYLE is hands down the best word evvahh

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  442. Mike -  October 26, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    Melifluous means what it sounds like.

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  443. Cisco -  October 25, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    effervescent!

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  444. Piratboy2 -  October 25, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    This is like choosing between pudding and ice cream,
    but i like bleb an pulchritudinous

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  445. newjerseygirl -  October 24, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    my fave is supercalifragelistikexpialadocious! just love the way it sounds even though its not actually a word but used my kids for showing off.

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  446. follow me on instagram @fashion_sense_101 -  October 24, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    pure, silk, satin. I LOVE these words.
    (follow @fashion_sense_101 on instagram)

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  447. SAY WHAT? -  October 24, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    OOO ya i liked moist. but i also thought scissors was good as long as its pronouced ski-zors

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  448. Sarah -  October 24, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Hands down, copious, I think it is one of the most beautiful words. Original…. I like that one to but for spelling.. I don’t know why? But I love spelling (with a pen and paper) the word original, I think it just flows nice… actually typing it isn’t bad either. Original, original original…… but yes, COPIOUS beautiful sounding and it meaning isn’t bad….. the tempestuous storm of last night left us with copious amounts of rain.

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  449. SHayes -  October 22, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Love and determination are prob my two faves :)

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  450. Yarisguy Thisguy -  October 17, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Antidisestablishmentarianism!

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  451. Sophie O'Toole -  October 10, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    I adore the word “propinquity” because it sounds like soft chimes. My favourite word in Spanish is “pinguino” (penguin) because it sounds so cute!

    “Moist” should never be spoken of. It is disturbing. As is “succulent”. Ugh it makes my skin crawl!

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  452. Ben -  October 10, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Antidisestablishmentarianism is the best word ever.

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  453. Eve -  October 9, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    My favourite words are:

    ‘tranquility’, ‘Mephistophelian’, ‘Shambhala’, ‘Shangri-La’, ‘Elysium’, ‘Celestial’, ‘ethereal’, ‘Mew’, ‘frankincense’, ‘nebula’, ‘cosmos’ and so on.

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  454. yrosi -  October 8, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    i think enthusiastic is a great word!
    :D

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  455. Jonathan Britton -  October 8, 2012 - 11:59 am

    My favourite word in the English Language is ‘dinosaurs’. We are all over 65 million years too late to see the best creatures ever in the history of planet Earth.

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  456. Ray -  October 4, 2012 - 7:25 am

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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  457. Maisoon -  October 3, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    For some reason, my friend loves the word ‘voyage’.
    Me, I prefer Crescendo. It has such a lovely ring to it!

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  458. Felicita -  October 1, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    Heterocromatic is the best word in my opinion.

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  459. Ryan -  September 30, 2012 - 11:23 pm

    Lot of posts on here…..I like evanescence or effervescent, luminescent , I think those are French derived words though, like lavender (lavandre) like someone else suggested. We all know French sounds nice in general being the language of love.

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  460. Isabella -  September 30, 2012 - 9:15 am

    I like Elysium the best. In greek mythology, it’s where people go when they’ve lived a full and happy life. If you go there 3 times in a row, then you go to the ilses of the blest.

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  461. Carla Aston -  September 29, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Gobsmacked. It’s just so freaking descriptive.

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  462. Amber -  September 26, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    I believe my favorite word is “suppose.” I’m not sure why this is, but I love to use it and I say it whenever I’m presented with the opportunity.
    I also like celestial, cosmic, serenity, shananigans and so on. There are so many nice sounding words, but in my opinion, English is, by far, not the prettiest sounding language out there. Also, I think it would be best for non-english speaking people to choose the best sounding word for they are unbaised on their opinion. We like to associate meanings behind the words we say, so it is only fair to ask someone who is completely oblivious to what’s being said.

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  463. sandhya -  September 26, 2012 - 4:29 am

    I like a few words like efflorescence, firmament, panache among others

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  464. JessICA -  September 22, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    I feel like my favorite word to use is “Rebecca.” I use this name every single day, multiple times a day. It is the name of the most beautiful girl on the planet. <3

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  465. jules -  September 22, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    i love the words:
    Rocio (spanish word)
    Autumn
    Austere
    Aurora
    Kaleidoscope
    Emerald
    Fluorescent
    Sharp

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  466. Patrick O -  September 19, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    My favorite word(s) are (is) a name: “swallowtail butterfly”

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  467. 7kud -  September 19, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Space or galaxy….

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  468. Emma -  September 18, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Pumpernickel and persnickety!

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  469. Lilac -  September 17, 2012 - 5:56 am

    Lavender sounds good.

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  470. Elle -  September 16, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    cicada
    ocean
    sea
    sunshine
    ethereal
    ubiquitous
    anjali (not english, but we use it)
    humble
    lovely

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  471. Larry -  September 15, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    Diarrhea is a beautiful word. Yep, I know: the connotation. But…get pass that and listen to sound. It is my choice.

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  472. cutieisevil -  September 14, 2012 - 2:08 am

    i got 2.
    anime and otaku

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  473. ESC -  September 12, 2012 - 6:52 am

    How about ‘safe’

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  474. jani -  September 10, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    ‘insurmountable’ sounds beautiful to me ;)

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  475. Journeyman -  September 10, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Cammy–what a beautiful image!

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  476. char-latte -  September 10, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    and another i like is cerise. it’s a color but i think it sounds like the name of a character from gail carson levine. Cerise, darling, please come and fetch the washing! doesn’t that sound great?

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  477. char-latte -  September 10, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    I love the word cappucino. who doesn’t? also, illuminate, illuminated, illuminescence. possibly vermilion and scarlet too. in terms of words that i hate, i think the inflection of the speaker changes the grossness factor more than the word. written words, however, are a different story. i vehemently hate any word beginning with a lowercase r, such as rot, rim, roaring, reared. oghff! terrible.

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  478. Mustapha M K Sesay -  September 10, 2012 - 10:03 am

    “rhythm” and “love” are my best sounding words in that order, whilst the worst sounding words are “bombastic” and “baboon”.

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  479. Theo -  September 10, 2012 - 3:36 am

    divine
    delight
    indigo
    iris
    illusion
    august
    lore
    blue
    console
    living
    lone
    loon
    divine
    fresh
    fish
    fall

    I think these are beautiful sounding words. Adagio, though Italian, has a place in the English language and is also a beautiful sounding word.

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  480. BellaHeroneyes -  September 10, 2012 - 12:12 am

    I love serenity, Carolyn, and armageddon
    those are my fave words ^_^

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  481. Michael Robertson -  September 9, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    My favorite word and to me, the most beautiful word in the English language is “inamorata” and means: a woman with whom one is in love or has intimate relations. Which means every woman who is loved “is” this beautiful word and to me…that is beautiful. ; )

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  482. Millard -  September 7, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    I love ubiquitous and unity.

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  483. girly-girl -  September 6, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    i mean that i think ‘slipper’ sound beautiful

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  484. girly-girl -  September 6, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    i love the word ‘slipper’ and think that ‘boar’ is really gross, and my favorite word is ‘numoultramicroscopicsilicovolconicon’ which has something to do with volcanoes :P

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  485. english word -  September 6, 2012 - 9:48 am

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  486. Philip Bertrand -  September 6, 2012 - 5:48 am

    Nevertheless may not be the most euphonious word. However, since English is only my second language, I like to use that word. It makes me sound very competent in English. Who would woo ?

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  487. cherry23 -  September 5, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    I hate ooze, glob, and pus. Yuck! X-(

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  488. cherry23 -  September 5, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Don’t know what my favorite is, but I like serene. It just sounds so peaceful.

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  489. Me -  September 1, 2012 - 7:04 am

    I think the grossest sounding word is either flesh or belly. My favorite word, though not exactly lovely-sounding, is “defenestrate”. (To throw a person or thing out of a window.) :D The most lovely sounding word, in my opinion, would be… Mellifluous. (I know I had another one in mind, but it’s gone at the moment.

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  490. iSAIAS -  September 1, 2012 - 4:12 am

    i THINK MY NAME IS BILINGUAL * I S A I A S * AND ITS THE MOST
    BEAUTIFUL THING IVE HEARD

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  491. Fashonista -  August 30, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    i would vote candelabra

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  492. Melvin -  August 29, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    my favorite is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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  493. Heidi -  August 28, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    I despise “spotty”. Our local weatherman says it all the time in reference to on and off rain showers. To us women, it means something much less pleasant!

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  494. Heidi -  August 28, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    I despise “spotty”.

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  495. Autumne -  August 16, 2012 - 7:55 am

    belletristic.

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  496. Jonathan -  August 15, 2012 - 4:26 am

    I love the word
    qwerty
    its just so fun to say, and its on the keyboard in order!

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  497. Emeline -  August 14, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    I adore the word melancholy. it makes me think of rain in springtime, but in a happy way.

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  498. Micheal -  August 13, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    What-Mystery,huh,unaware
    Life-living,beating,alive,anger,love, etc……….

    Whatever the intentions are about words and life is beyond me to
    understand-standunder innerstand so why busy myself with that one i mean confusion comes in hand with that word understand. above and below average is a perfect example. but words can kill and words can also heal the deepest wounds. “We” gotta but before we must be “I” gotta change within and then everything else falls into play and come into harmony when change is intended good. just Love yourself also everybody because if you Love Yourself God will be happy Remember (to love is to know God because God is Love) its in the bible i just gotta stop expecting things and just start accepting things and just appreciate that what i have is one one of the GREATEST gifts is TO HAVE the Chance to Live a life that everybody or everything wish they can be apart of because its the most Amazing wonderful to beyond words GIFT anybody can wish for. we learn from the past, live in the Present-gift for another day, and plan for the Future. why fight or be angry lets just make it happen like cap’n crunch and help eachother out there is enough of whatever to go around and make and put smiles and joy in each persons heart. here is a quote in a book by a good guy James P. Gills “Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives it ease, and builds a Heaven in Hells despair.

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  499. Micheal -  August 13, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    What-Mystery,huh,unaware
    Life-living,beating,alive,anger,love, etc……….

    Whatever the intentions are about words and life is beyond me to
    understand-standunder innerstand so why busy myself with that one i mean confusion comes in hand with that word understand. above and below average is a perfect example. but words can kill and words can also heal the deepest wounds. just know we love and all expect love back gotta stop expecting things and just appreciate that we got one of the GREATEST

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  500. sy -  August 11, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    least fav would be menstruation, it was a word rarely spoken in my era and was said distastefully, period.

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    • EVe -  May 22, 2015 - 6:14 am

      hahaha, love the (unintended?) pun :D

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  501. sy -  August 11, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    opal’escence

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  502. HR -  August 6, 2012 - 3:58 am

    everyone here has great opinions!

    Words i like : LITERALLY – it sounds great specially when im narrating an incident :P others believe me when i use this word lol

    SUMO <3 i love this word and i love sumos xP FAT xD
    Tomato and potato feel good to say!

    and BROWNIE is sooo soothing!

    Magnanimous – is wonderful!

    Bad sounding words – like SLIMY OOZY PUNGENT PROTRUDED! slug
    they sound yuck :P

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  503. Kia -  August 3, 2012 - 12:34 am

    I think one of the most beautiful words is…”beautiful”! I also like “melody,” “azure,” “alluring,” “splendor,” “whimsical,” “lyrical,” “celestial,” “caprice,” and “fantasia.” In particular, I’ve noticed that a lot of words for colors sound gorgeous (i.e., “lavender,” “crimson,” “viridian,” “indigo,” etc.), as do a lot of musical terms (i.e., “aria,” “rhapsody,” “coloratura,” “a capella,” “crescendo,” etc.).

    My least favorite word is “bucolic,” hands down. No one I know likes that word. It sounds like something you’d want to throw up! And, for that matter, “vomit” is a pretty unpleasant word too!

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  504. Nicole -  August 2, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    I think Bubbles is a very fun word to say!

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  505. Hannah -  July 31, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Insanity, Chaos, and Malicious are my favorites. My least favorite is Mathematics.

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  506. Philip Spencer -  July 28, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    ‘A user who says they are “mildly synaesthesiac” (learn exactly what that means, here) finds the following words have “a bumpy, or hill-like, nature:” ‘

    Ugh! How can a dictionary site write such a thing? A READER… THEY!

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  507. Modern Day Bard -  July 27, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    Only a few of my favorite words would be: Equinox, cornucopia, illustrious, defense, thought and though it’s the name of a sword I love the name Anaklusmos. Worst words would be: moist, ooze, boil, flamboyant, glob and love(i have nothing against it i just dont like the sound of it or easy use of it).

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  508. Sandy -  July 26, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    To call forth the most beautiful word – evoke

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  509. Emily -  July 24, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Beautiful: lucious
    Most fun to say: wonky (even though it might not be a real word)
    Grossest: i’d have to agree with moist. Even reading it made me shiver. :P
    And what about names? I’d have to say the that i have the most American first and middle names: Emily Peyton. How American can you get, right?

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  510. Harriet -  July 20, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    and I absolutely can’t stand sauce
    I have no issue with moist though…

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  511. Harriet -  July 20, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    ethereal, for sure
    it’s a pretty meaning on top of a pretty word
    I wouldn’t necessarily call it beautiful, but certainly pretty

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  512. Hank -  July 18, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    My favourite word is LOVE ….just for its MEANING and this comes from my favourite verse in the Bible: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3 verse 16)

    I also like the sSOUND of fresnel (as in fresnel lens), onomatopoeia, aviator, succulent and hyperbole.

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  513. Cheyenne -  July 16, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    One of my favorite words has to be silhouette. It sounds very beautiful too, especially spoken out loud.

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  514. Bella -  July 16, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    I like malicious….and delicious….suspicious….anything ending in ‘ious’. I also like wet. And psychedelic is fun to say. As is cataclysmic. And a plethora of other words ending in ‘ic’ haha. My least favorite word has to be ‘crotch’ ,there are others, but I can’t think of them right now…

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  515. Sophie Winchester -  July 15, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Even though English is not my mother tongue, I think Philosophy is a really beautiful word. Also, after I heard Dylan O’Brien say “Arrrrrousal” on Teen Wolf, Arousal is now my all-time favorite word!
    The word that makes me run away is: cacophony. I hate it.

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  516. Matthew -  July 13, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    I think the two best sounding words, if you talk about how it feels when you say it, mocha and poop. the two worst sounding words, dank and moist

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  517. leon -  July 13, 2012 - 5:41 am

    i love the word malice

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  518. Graham -  July 13, 2012 - 12:32 am

    I like
    gossamer and
    melody to list only two

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  519. dietcherry -  July 8, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    It would have to start with an S: how about sashay? My favorite word to say is smooch cuz youre perfectly puckered for one by the end !!!

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  520. Rio -  July 1, 2012 - 5:10 am

    vicissitude

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  521. k -  June 26, 2012 - 11:22 am

    I liked a lot of the words said before, like gossamer, melancholy, ointment, cadence, tremble. I also really like the word quarry because everyone says it differently. Qu-are-ee, qu-air-ee, qu-er-ee. Same with music and cute.

    Lackluster, ebony, wish, whisk.

    I know I’m probably crazy, but does anyone else see colors in words and letters and numbers? like 3 is lime green, and genius is mustard yellow, and anything beginning with the letters P (bright, light) or M (darker) are purple? Partially because purple begins with a P. I have no idea where the M came from.

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  522. Carolina Tarolli -  June 26, 2012 - 4:15 am

    My favorite word is “important.” I love the sound some people make when they pronounce this word.

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  523. Maurya -  June 24, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    The most loverly word I’ve ever heard is “grace”. Think about it… “and may the grace of God go with you”, “for we are saved by the grace of God”… oh, ’tis music to my soul.

    But, can I just say… you all sound like homeschoolers! I Love it!!!

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  524. Charlotte -  June 24, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    I think the best english word should either be flamboyant or splendiferous, because they sound cool. Some other cool words are raven, wren, aspen, serenity, bungalow, lagoon, saffron, clarinet, and orchestra.

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  525. Grace -  June 24, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Well, I guess cellar door is OK. I just don’t like the way the ‘d’ in door sounds when it’s followed by ‘oor’. It’s too… abrupt. I guess. I don’t know how to explain it.
    “Cellar Door,” say it, people, sure, it sounds OK, but I’m also too bias. I think of the parts in the movies where the people go into the scary cellar and something bad happens. A cold, solid, steel door that’s … that’s … I don’t know. It’s not the best.
    However, the prettiest word in my opinion is Aerodome. The way I say it , it sounds like ‘era’dome . Again, it has the ‘d’, but in this word I guess it’s more… gentle.
    “Aerodome,” say this word. Doesn’t it at least sound better? My favorite word is still different. It doesn’t flow, it’s not graceful. Speaking of, isn’t ‘bubble’ kinda a pretty word? Anyways, my favorite word is dermabarble. The cat fish whiskers on your skin? Yea, that’s the professional term. Derma, like dermatologist. Barble, like barb wire, with the ‘le’ like bubble, except it’s barble. Dermabarble.

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  526. princess-junaidi -  June 24, 2012 - 1:18 am

    For me, SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS is a word that sounds most beautiful!

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  527. Rachel -  June 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    My favorite word is “effloresce”. It sounds beautiful and the definition makes it even more beautiful. “To bloom.”

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  528. King of Rome -  June 19, 2012 - 7:40 am

    The most beautiful word in English is “elude”. Eluuude! :P

    However my personal favorite combination of syllables and vowels is “me-lahn” (ultimate stress). I am not aware of this being a word in any language that I know, though. In what I consider a stroke of genius I added “melan” to a constructed language I’m working on with the meaning ‘flower’.

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  529. miles099 -  June 18, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Yes, “serendipity” is a very beautiful-sounding word. It has a much better ring to my ears than “cellar door”, that of which I couldn’t see why it was so beautiful to some people.
    However, above serendipity, I’d like to throw in two of my favorite words:
    “melodia” and “harmonia”, which mean melody and harmony, respectively, in Latin.
    …Scratch that, I just like any word that ends in “-ia”.
    (Oh, and Dictionary.com, could you make it so that newer comments come first and older comments last? It would make people, such as myself, much more inclined to comment and share their opinion more so than if newer comments go last, where they go unnoticed…Thank You!)

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  530. andie -  June 18, 2012 - 12:41 pm

    For some reason, I really word “duplicitous”. It’s just fun to say out loud.

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  531. Liz -  June 13, 2012 - 12:42 am

    i love the word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Because it’s sooooooooooo long. :)

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  532. you -  June 13, 2012 - 12:39 am

    There is this boy i know who really likes the word antidisestablishmentarianism and can spell it is less than three seconds.

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  533. Roxana -  June 12, 2012 - 11:17 am

    ardor, grace, light

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  534. Emma Taylor McJoan -  June 9, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    Let’s see…
    I like…
    Blink
    Splashes

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  535. hi -  June 8, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    glimpse and Wolf

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  536. Ashley -  June 5, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    I really dislike the word, lukewarm. For some reason it just doesn’t sit well with me.

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  537. assia -  June 3, 2012 - 5:44 pm

    I do agree with this, cellar door is the most beautiful sounding word I have ever heard. Maybe in the future, When I get married and a child, I will probably name her; Celladora, even though it’s not a real name.

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  538. Kassi -  June 3, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    I am also a synesthete, and do think that those words are bumpy

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  539. BC -  June 3, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    My favorite word is “crestfallen” and “unbeknownst.” The former in particular, is perhaps one of the most poetic way to say you’re feeling dejected without sounding egregiously pedantic by using anglicized Latin terms that clearly do not belong to the English language (e.g. words that end in -uous or begin with ab-).

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  540. Keri -  June 1, 2012 - 8:54 am

    I love the word “loam”.

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  541. Joshuahn -  June 1, 2012 - 7:51 am

    Actually, here are a few more before I completely cross my Rubicon. By the way, if you buy a Collins English Dictionary (of at least about 2000 pages), you will find so many amazing words it will knock your little cotton socks off!

    Empyrean.
    Psychedelia.
    Corposant.
    Hebetic.
    Balneal.
    Tellurian.
    Homerian.
    Herculean.
    Fondant.
    Virtuoso.
    Sempiternity.
    Perspicuity.
    Afflatus.
    Coquetry.
    Hibernal.
    Chimerical.
    Telaesthesia.
    Festoonery.
    Epicurean.
    Cupidity.
    Flotilla.
    Gloriole.

    Now I really have to go…………My diadem needs realigning!! JJ

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  542. Joshuahn -  June 1, 2012 - 7:18 am

    Dionysian.
    Futurity.
    Nepotistic.
    Rectitude.
    Heroine.
    Lambency.
    Redolence.
    Resplendence.
    Iridescence.
    Opalescence.
    Clinquant.
    Chatoyant.
    Magenta.
    Amaranthine.
    Quixotism.
    Enchantress.
    Statuesque.
    Arabesque.
    Iberian.
    Salutation.
    Replenishment.
    Repletion.

    This is getting boring! Blog me if you want more. JJ.

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    • Martin Platts -  July 30, 2015 - 7:10 am

      Josh, I am in to ‘Honky Tonk’ it has a certain ring about it

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  543. Joshuahn -  June 1, 2012 - 6:56 am

    Ensoulment.
    Sanctitude.
    Recusancy.
    Intemperance.
    Quiescence.
    Esoteric.
    Nepenthean.
    Promethean.
    Pseudonymity.
    Erato.
    Lazurite.
    Incarnadine.

    Bring it on! JJ

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  544. Joshuahn -  June 1, 2012 - 6:36 am

    *I have noticed that numerous inclusions have been blogged in from other sites that list ‘interesting’ English words (under many site titles). Some more original, seductive and supple inputs would be refreshing for every Lexophile out there! Keep them rolling in. A true wordsmith doesn’t pretend that they hope their spelling is right once you go over four syllables; they would have their word written out in front of them (most likely typed). The kasbah is not the medina.*

    Seraglio ~ A harem or, in some cases, a bordello.
    Zenana ~ A building or annex exclusively for women.

    Hesperus ~ An evening star (especially Venus – although a planet).
    Venusian ~ pertaining to Venus (the planet particularly)!

    Scintilla ~ A trace or hint (usually of something subtle).
    Esperance ~ An earlier word for aspiration.

    Keep ‘em comin’ – JJ.

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  545. Joshuahn -  June 1, 2012 - 5:51 am

    Asmara ~ the capital city of Eritrea (it also means ‘romance’ in Indonesia).
    ……..It carries a far-flung air of mysticism and should be developed into an adjective – as in; “Beyond her veil she watches me with ‘Asmaran’ eyes.” JJ

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  546. tori -  May 31, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    I think that perhaps the best word is “voluptuous”. I like the feeling of the “up-shoo” part of the word.

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  547. Joe -  May 31, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Meaningfully: Lavish and Ravish

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  548. love me gently -  May 31, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    gently

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  549. sunnid -  May 31, 2012 - 11:08 am

    I have always loved saying “sphere”, not a word that I get to use often enough! I also like, “superfluous” (like many others). And “absolutely”! I think I like saying a lot of words that have “s” or “l” and i love any word with “sph” or “spl”.

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  550. Bobby -  May 31, 2012 - 6:39 am

    “Promenade” is a beautiful word in my opinion.

    It reminds me of a nice walk along a seashore in a city located on a large island… most likely Japan.

    Either that or butterfly… because fluttershy is not a word and a character in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

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  551. ARIEL ALLERA, Philippines -  May 29, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    No other word could be more beautiful-sounding than “divine,” as far as I’m concerned. It’s a powerful word. Not only does it please my ear every time I hear it, or stir my spirit every time I utter it; more importantly, the word “divine,” when said out all together, illumines the universe, as it leaves a pleasing and lasting meaning in everyone’s ear. Anything that’s divine is both of and from God, and so, if it comes from the Supreme Author up above, as does each and every word in the dictionary, what other word out there could beat the beauty of its sound?

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  552. Kris -  May 29, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Desolate is a nice compact, pretty word. :]
    Reconnaissance as a nice ring to it, as well.

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  553. kev -  May 29, 2012 - 9:35 am

    omphalos! so fun to say!

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  554. Robin -  May 29, 2012 - 5:03 am

    i like the word Boogie woogie….. sounds really fun…… makes you wanna shake ur butt

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  555. Lily -  May 27, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    Have you noticed that most of the words people put are sort of “silvery” words? Like, melliflous, tiara, mysterious… the list goes on and on! And the word moist just sort of drops like a rock. Anybody get this?

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  556. M. P. W. -  May 24, 2012 - 5:39 am

    I also like these words, though:

    Flamboyant,

    Georgian,

    Tiara,

    Dreamt,

    Madamoiselle,

    Imagine,

    Angel,

    Kitten,

    Rose,

    and many more!!

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  557. M. P. W. -  May 24, 2012 - 5:34 am

    I would like to vote ‘candy’ because when I say the word, it reminds me of how clever lots of sweet-makers are and how pretty some of it can be (which means I am NOT saying this just because I love it!).

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  558. Icarus -  May 22, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    i look through and my 4th fav is lush

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  559. Icarus -  May 22, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    my new fave is chrysanthemum (it means flower r any plants like them)

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  560. Icarus -  May 22, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    1gumbo
    2supercalifrajilisticexpialadocious

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  561. Andy -  May 22, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Also practice and fathom.

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  562. Andy -  May 22, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Parsley sounds phonetically amazing.

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  563. Emily -  May 21, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    I like pusillanimous as the grossest sounding word, and then as just a good word, I like hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. (the fear of long words.)

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  564. jaiden -  May 21, 2012 - 12:27 am

    pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is easily the best or otherwise one of these pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, antidisestablishmentarianism

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  565. miss fab -  May 20, 2012 - 8:43 am

    i love glamorous so pretty

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  566. Fiona -  May 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

    Worst Word: ECLECTIC

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  567. Jake -  May 17, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
    It is in fact a real word and is absolutely fantastic.

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  568. Kelsey -  May 17, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    And don’t forget CELADON.

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  569. Kelsey -  May 17, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    blossom, bloom, America, Kelsey (like a pwetty little horsey), flourish, love, hope, jewel
    Here’s a made up word: Dictionaria
    Also stuff that ends with an -ia.
    Like Mia. Also some diseases have pretty names.
    :D :) :( :| :P

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  570. Nikki Chuah -  May 16, 2012 - 12:01 am

    i think beautiful. i makes me think of eau de perfume

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  571. TotallyRandom -  May 15, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    “Iris” is the most beautiful to me. I seriously don’t know why nobody else thinks it’s beautiful.

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  572. Anonomynus -  May 15, 2012 - 4:53 am

    My favourite word is the Welsh word for love which is Cariad. I would say “mysterious” is my favourite English word as it creates asmopheric effects to literature. It creates suspense and mystery drawing the readers attention.

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  573. Amariah -  May 14, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    I love the word “lush”. I don’t know what there is about it, but whenever I say it, it reminds me of something peaceful or out of nature.

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  574. Mochi -  May 13, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    Sleep… Is the most beautiful word you shall ever hear.

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  575. Alice Windsmier -  May 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

    aqueduct!

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  576. joe crawley -  May 13, 2012 - 9:54 am

    defenestrate is an awesome word. its meaning is great too. so specific a means of dispatch. hate the word dispatch too come to think of it.

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  577. sam -  May 12, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    also sarcastic

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  578. sam -  May 12, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    defenestrate

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  579. sam -  May 12, 2012 - 3:53 pm