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Beautiful Words

If you’ve read Come Unto These Yellow Sands (Pssst! Now in audio) you might remember I cite Wilfred J. Funk’s 1932 list of “most beautiful words”.

According to Funk those most beautiful words included…

Melody

Golden

Chime

Luminous

Mist

Tranquil

Murmuring

Lullaby

Hush

Dawn

Now those are all nice words, no doubt about it. But I was thinking about some of my favorite words, and some of the words I came up with are:

cocktails

starlight

silver

lilt

summery

labyrinth

shadow

nestle

ivory

starfish

What makes for beautiful words? Is it the sound of the words or the meaning of the words?

Robert Beard has a list of the Top 100 Most Beautiful Words (and a book) but I found almost none of those words particularly beautiful. In fact, I found a lot of his words irritating. Now why should a word be irritating on its own? I’ve no idea, but so it is. Bucolic, as a word, does nothing for me.

What about you? What are some of your favorite – even most beautiful – words?

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