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What’s the Most Beautiful Word in English?

euphony

If someone asked you to name the most beautiful word or phrase in English, how would you choose? Would it be based on the meaning of the word? How it sounds? How it is spelled?

There are some words, like “love,” “comely,” or “demure,” that seem like solid contenders. But the compound word that some believe to be the most inherently beautiful will likely come as a colossal surprise.  

Cellar door.” That’s no typo. In terms of phonaesthetics, cellar door is often held up as an example of the most euphonic sound combination. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of  The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is credited as one of the first to make this claim.

Phonaesthetics is the study of the euphony and cacophony of words without regard for semantics. Phonaesthetics derives from two Greek word parts that mean “voice-sound” and “aesthetics.”

(If you think “cellar door” is an odd choice, consider that some people “taste” letters and “hear” colors. Learn what this phenomenon is called, here.

Euphony is used most commonly to describe the pleasing, agreeable sound effect of poetry. In general, vowel sounds are more euphonious. Cacophony, meaning harsh and discordant, is the opposite of euphony. Cacophony comes from the Greek word parts meaning “bad,” “evil,” and “voice.”

Say the words slowly: “cellar door.” Is the sound pleasing to your ears? Let us know what you think the most beautiful words are in English and why.

Macys.com to provide audio help.(Brief Article)

Home Textiles Today December 18, 2000 | Lazaro, Marvin SAUSALITO, CA — Visitors to macys.com will be hearing voices providing instructions and help through an agreement with AudioBase and its audio e-commerce solution. web site macys printable coupons

The newly enhanced site is designed to ensure that surfers have a favorable shopping experience and fewer errors while browsing and looking for particular products, hopefully turning browsers into customers. Shoppers will have the option of being greeted by an audio assistant providing instructions, descriptions and buying tips on the home, registration, specialty shop and electronic gift card pages of macys.com.

The audio can be controlled by users and may be paused at any time. It is also Java-based, making it accessible to more than 95 percent of Web users without the need for plug-ins.

“Macy’s customers deserve, and expect, a shopping experience that is unparalleled regardless of how they choose to shop with us,” said Kent Anderson, president of macys.com. “Loyalty is the key to success in our industry; adding audio to the macys.com shopping environment is a powerful means of ensuring continued satisfaction of our online customer base.” Additional voice instructions to help customers ship their order and check out are also in the planning stages as well as an audio-enabled credit application process and privacy policy. web site macys printable coupons

“Whether walking into the world’s largest store on 34th Street in Manhattan or their local mall locations, Macy’s shoppers expect to have a friendly voice guide them through the aisles if they need help,” said David Haynes, ceo and co-founder of AudioBase. “Macys.com is an excellent example of how AudioBase can bring a similar level of immediate, human customer service to an already established site.” Lazaro, Marvin

1,004 Comments

  1. Paul MacInnes -  April 11, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Susurration is mine. Imagine a beautiful sunny day and a gentle breeze creates a Susurration of the leaves.

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  2. James -  April 9, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Arpeggio.

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  3. Liz -  April 9, 2014 - 4:06 am

    Mother – it is comforting, as well as beautiful; and it sounds calm and soothing.

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