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…
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:
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?