About two weeks ago we shared the fact that many language experts believe “cellar door” is the most euphonious phrase in the English language. More than 400 people replied to our post with strong opinions about the “cellar door” selection. If you would like to know the rationale behind the choice, you can read about it here.
Tons of people also shared their own choice for the best-sounding word or phrase in English. The results are eclectic, poetic and exotic. Below are the words which (unscientifically) 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. When people changed “cellar door” to a similar-sounding word that lacks the mental image of a door leading to a dark, dank room, such as “celladora,” many skeptics were more accepting. 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 word that was suggested as most beautiful-sounding with the greatest frequency was “serendipity.” Unlike “cellar door,” ”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 where the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity.”
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.
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.
my favorite word is superfluous
I would vote “merge” is the the gross-sounding word in the English language.
Serendipity is a fun word, but still leaves open to many connotations to chance to be the most beautiful word! However, my favourite word isn’t one with good connotations at all, I love the word tawdry! Too me it’s a word to be used in a supercilious tone with one eyebrow raised in reference to the neighbours affairs…
supercalifragelistikexpialadocious is the best word ever
one fave word is ‘togglehead’
least fave is irregardless which is not a word but often used.
My favorites are bazooms and callipygian jezebels.
moist and wet are the worst
As a speech pathologist, my most favorite words to say are “wasps” and “Green tourmaline”. How fun!
Succulent is the best-sounding word in the English language, hands down.
Vienna is a very pretty name/word. i know its the capitol of austria, but i would name my daughter that. so pretty
I think meander is the prettiest word.
It has to be LOVE! Love is what makes the world go around.
Serendipity is a hard one to disagree with, though I probably wouldn’t have thought of it on my own.
With a different sort of beautiful feeling, I have noticed myself and others moved by the word crimson.
and the grossest word is by far squelch.
My favourite word is implosion. I just like the rumble when it comes off the tongue.
You are all fools. The best sounding word, without debate, is Pouch.
Spoken with an Australian accent, cellar door doesn’t have the same warmth as it does spoken with a North American accent. In Australia, however, it does however refer to a winery’s direct sales and wine tasting area, which might make it more appealing. Coincidentally (really!), when living in the States, I always really enjoyed hearing the locals say “liquor store”. It reminded me of having a cat sit on one’s chest and gently pat one’s face. In Australia we call alcohol outlets “bottle shops” which, when one imagines a customer carrying several bottles to the counter, is an onomatopoeic phrase.
I think lavender is a beautiful word
I think ‘caldera’ is the most beautiful sounding word.
Seafoam Green & Tangerine.
There was a similar attempt made in the UK more than 50 years ago to find the most beautiful word. It looked like the winner was going to be ’swallow’ until someone asked, ‘bird or gulp?’.
Of course, a single misplaced letter can change everything…as in the case of the radio announcer who said, by mistake but in his usual soothing tones, “You are now listening to the mucus of Clyde Lucas”.
Insidious has to be one of my fav’s. Not that it gets much use, but I try to slip it in…
“Can I have an insidious pasty please?”
“You’re sounding awfully insidious today”
“Let me borrow you’re pen. I’m not being insidious”
“That Banana is rotten.” “Yes, insidiously so”
“Good Lord, have you seen the Times? Quite insidious”
“North Korea” “Gosh, say no more”
superflous is my favorite word hans down
I kind of like ovoviviparous.
Your name will always be the sweetest sounding word for you, even if you don’t like it…you are always alerted to it, it always piques your interest.
The WORST word ever is moist. When I say it, I spell it.
I have always been a fan of the word “exponential.”
“Moist” is a vile word. Nothing followed by moist can be pleasant.
I would have to say that the prettiest word I know of is sinuous.
I love to use the word scintillating, but it isn’t very pretty sounding.
The worst word in the English language is, hands down, wacky.
crusty is pretty bad.
Ask most advertising copywriters and they’ll tell you the most beautiful sounding word in the universe is: YOUR OWN NAME.
According to most copywriters and salespeople, more people respond favorably to their own names than any other syllabication.
Just try using a person’s name to punctuation your conversations with them and note their reaction.
Hmm, I think mellifluous beats superfluous with a stick. And it has a more pleasant meaning too.
I think serendipity should be it. Sweet Serendipity. Love that song!
My favorite word is defenestrate, but I think the prettiest word would be soliloquy.
Oh I SOOO disagree with the sound of my name being the most beautiful!! I HATE that! Not only do I have the WORST last name in the world, (yes, I married the guy anyway), but I abhor (there’s a good word) when sales people say my name over and over, as if we’re great friends, just to try to get me to buy something. I will NOT buy from anyone who does that, on principle alone.
I can’t believe no one said ‘angel.’ Especially when the ‘el’ is pronounced ell rather than ull. I love that word. And illustrious.
My fav word is “terrific”
I believe that ‘ENGLISH’ is the best word in the whole English language because it covers EVERYONE’S favorite word….also it’s used to classify a few groups of people…….fruitful thought.
My favourite word is Steve. ( My partner’s ). Should’nt everyone find their partner’s name sexier than anything?
I like ’splendid’. It just feels good to say it.
My vote for the most gross word is easy —- ‘tax’
I like sassafras, nebular and cornucopia. They just feel really good on the tongue.
I’ve always enjoyed the word: “chifferobe”, as in: “quick, my husbands coming, hide in the chifferobe!”, it has saved my life, many times. It flows off your lips from the beginning, and never quite ends.
As a child I used to pour over the Grossology series of books by Sylvia Branzei. In one book, she reported a small survey was performed with French speakers asking them which English word they thought was the most beautiful. ‘Diarrhoea’ was near the top of the list. That always amused me.
I vote for “mellifluous” and “gossamer” as beauts.
“Cancer” is, of course vile, but so are “carbuncle,” “ooze” and “crotch.” Sorry for the medical implications…
I have to say I love the word “cerulean”. I don’t like it spelling, yet I love the sound
i like words that are fun to say:
although i like the above words, i think that the most beautiful word is love, not so much for its sound but the meaning.
When I hear the name “Celedora,” I think of a tall, beautiful girl. She has thick, long, straight hair, a high forhead, a long nose. Her eyelashes are long and the color of her hair, both black as coal. She wears a a red dress that flows out behing her like a stream and she walks with the grace of an angel. Her eyes are a wonderful gray and she can sing the sun to sleep.
I like “nightingale”.
I like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis only because it’s long. But I think “narcissistic” sounds pretty
Lugubrious, although having such a negative definition sounds pretty catchy
I’m gonna get all puerile on y’all, and say that the most beautiful- and gross-sounding word in the English language is the f-word.
HEEEEEY!!!!!!!!!!omg we all have our opinions but MOIST is definitley the worst. my favorite word is BUBBLE!say it ten times fast :):):)
Favorite words: Melancholy nights, cunning covers, tranquility, paramour’s serenity, fancy, grotesque, chaos demise, superfluous, ostentatious, pretentious (as well as serendipity and soliloquy.)…etc..
Least favorite: flamboyant (the sound is just annoying)
why is moist such a bad word? i dont like it per-say, but i dont hate it. there are words, like molest and other words i can think of that are worse. but i think that has to do with the meaning more than the sound of the word itself.
when i try to think of a beautiful word, my mind is blank.
i love the word entice. i think its an amazing word and it sounds so nice when u say it out loud
moist is by far the worst x-x
Worst spoken list: ouch, cut, sneeze and squeeze, kern, back
Best spoken list: meadow, Vivian/Vivien, whisper, allure
Just plain old fun to say: scant, palooka, obfuscate, throttle, tempest, flourish
I can’t argue with most of the ones listed above, but I’ll add kinesthetic and catechetical too. And moist doesn’t bother me, as long as it describes food.
I love “effervescent.” Reminds me of something boiling in a pot.
my favorite-sounding word is surrender
Gynecological! It leaves the mouth (pardon me) with precision and forms up in good order
I like serendipity but also cozy, synonym, cinnamon, fluffy, chocolate, sanctuary, music, jewel, sunny, mist, adorable, orange, melody, and imagination.
However I don’t think moist is that bad a word, sometimes it can be gross, but other times it can be cute like:
The puppy’s nose was moist.
The dolphin was moist when I petted it.
The baby’s eyes were moist after she cried.
My least favorite word is cabbage. How gross sounding is that?
Cabbage, Cabbage, Cabbage, Cabbage, CABBAGE Cccccaaaaabbbbbaaaaagggggeeeee!
Also my favorite name for girls is Mia, Brooke or Gabriella.
For boys it’s Joshua, Mason and Ethan.
the best word is blarg,obviously….
Coo. It starts out harshly if the “c” is hit on too forcefully, but say it in a whisper and it’s just lovely. Then, even though it’s only one syllable, it still manages to trail off sensually.
Evanesce or evanescence
Know whats a good word? Moist. It just kinda rolls off your tongue. Moiiiist. Know what other word I like? Mannnn hole.
I hate the word ago. It’s so weird. Probably my favorite word to pronounce is worchester or gesundheit. And then of course my favorite LONG words are supercalafragilisticexpealadosious, pnuemonomicroscopicsilicovolcaniosis, and Antidisastablishmentiarianism.
Well you got my opinion. =)
onomatopoeia: most fun word to say
In my opinion, I think the word “splotch” sounds pretty gross. Somehow, it justs creates disturbing images in my head. Anybody agree?
I enjoy most, the word, Repudiate. It has an elitist sound that I find, alluring.
I like the words “fatuous,” “soothing,” and “smooth.”
Related (somewhat): “Leverage” as a verb still makes my skin crawl.
I really love the word “Muse” its such a simple yet graceful word to me.
And I hate the word rapist I think it should be raper
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Diarrhoea has to be the most beautiful sounding word ever, despite the meaning.
Lackadaisical has been my favorite word to spell, say and use in writing since it was a vocabulary word in my fourth grade class. Though the meaning is semi-negative, I love it.
Compatibility has to be my least favorite word. I had a bad experience with it and I’m planning on writing a novel when I’m a bit older about this experience. Look for it on the shelves at Barnes & Noble in the future. Compatibility will be the title.
One word that I was thinking of that isn’t on the list is “ravenous”; I think the word flows very well, but that is my opinion….
I love the word “phosphorescence”, it sounds almost magical
The most beautiful sounding word for me is CARBOHYDRATE. You almost have to smile to say it.
You kidding? The BEST word ever is “elephant”. It’s fun to say, and it sounds beautiful, too.
I think the most beautiful word is “plum.”
“Aqueous” is my favorite word. I also like “sensuous” and, even though it has a dark connotation, “dismal.” I don’t like words with harsh or flat sounds like “couch” or “dank” or others similar.
I also like the words voodoo and hoodoo a lot =]
Mmm, I like a lot of the names @NoNamePlease posted. Also I favor “cabbage”, unlike @NoNamePlease, perhaps, and “peach”, “patch”, and “lollipop”. There are tons of words I like!
More: “paste”, “earth”, “mud”, “sauce”, “beef”, “sandwich”, and “crust”. Sorry, @Geo.
Plus money terms are enjoyable to say: “cash”, “bill”, and “coin”. A long list, but words are quite often merry upon the tongue! )
What’s wrong with the word “moist”, people? Nobody likes it, it seems. What about “the cake was moist and spongy”? Speaking of which, I also like “sponge”.
Oh, and @Matt Bates, we each have our own opinions, so no need to call us fools.
I find it amusingly-impossible to say any word is more-beautiful or more-euphonious… or so in the English Language which comes sonorously from the lips, tongue, mouth, nose … What, should be the criteria for niceness in sonification? Is Calliope (from Kalliope the muse of heroic poetry) less pretty a sound, Or more-complex… And is complexity less pretty–? ‘Methinks’ it’s a choice of where it goes, relative to other words in proximity and sentence– Like the resonances on a strand of DNA replicating to bring out by codes the curious animals and vegetations… Are the results, what makes the Word pretty? Or Its proper enunciation? How do you, pronounce, Knowledge? With the KN of the King’s English (Eng not Ing), Or without…? The French are famous for dropping the terminal consonants of words… Perhaps too much wine, Perhaps too much puddling, (the settling in small pockets of mellifluence in thought and exercise).
Beauty is most what looks best on the subject, So, the original question becomes, What word stands prettiest, alone–? (But cellar door was two.)
‘Swift’ and ‘keen’ are defiantly the loveliest sounding words; although, if you say ‘cellar door’ slowly and don’t think about its meaning, none of the sounds are hard or sharp; perhaps the sound is somewhat like music.
My favorites are “whimsical,” “ambivalent,” and “ephemeral.”
The grossest is definitely “ointment,” no doubt. Ick.
“Ostensibly” has always been one of my favorites, though I’ve never been quite sure why. It just rolls off the tongue quite nicely.
Callipygous is one of my favorites. That’s an adjective. The noun, callipygian, is my next favorite.
Whenever I say “yellow jello” it brings a smile to my face. It’s just so cheery and happy sounding!
“Excess” is possibly my least favorite word.
I think the most horrible sounding word is “crotch”
The most beautiful word is….Yes
Personal favorites: olive, galatea, cinnamon and cadence
Hate: debilitation, moist, sussudio (thank you Phil Collins) and milk (or how I pronounce it: melk)
My vote is for Mellifluous. Gorgeous word.
i think sizzle is the most exciting and energetic word.
I dislike the word “dumpster” and “gargle.” It does seem that the least favorite words are often cacophonous, having terse and harsh sounds/syllables within the word. Also, I have noticed that the syllables seem to be quite independent, as in “gargle.” “Cellar door,” however, seems to flow together and to have a general roundness.
Because “cellar door” two words, I think it should be disqualified from the “beautiful ‘word’” contest. Perhaps there should be a beautiful sounding phrase contest and you can add “cellar door” to that.
I think that the meaning of words interferes with our ability to “like” the way a word sounds…”diarrhea” actually is a kind of nice word. So.. I think that non-english speakers should select the nicest sounding english word and then they can select it based only on euphonious qualities.
I do love it when people say my name – makes me all warm inside. I’ve always been a fan of conundrum..also, soliloquy is beautiful!
As far as the worst word, I’m going to have to say that “puss” is it.
I think ‘lisp’ and ‘eclectic’ are beautiful words. ‘Chime’ or ‘chimed’ are also beautiful.
my favorite is redundant/redundance. I will repeat, this time I will vote that again, once more for the second time around.
Ethereal is my favorite word, that or evanescent, serene, or chalybaeus. But I definitely agree that moist is the worst of all.
I like the word apostrophe.
My favourite words are superfluous, flex, flush, drew, and sexy.
My LEAST favourite words have to be toe-jam and duo-tang. I don’t know if toe-jam is a real word but what I know is that it sounds disgusting.
“elephant juice”……. beautiful isnt it!!!
While there are very many lovely sounding words to be sure, I’ve always enjoyed the sound of the word ‘glimmer’.
I agree with Charlie. I like the the word moist. I also like the word penetrate.
Quarry, gamine, and saccharine are words that are lovely on the page and on the tongue.
Splurge, panties, and juice are horrific words in all forms!
The most disgusting word in the English language is Wesleyan, as in the University. I cringe when I hear it.
I’ve always thought salami is the gross-est sounding word.
For me, the most beautiful-sounding word is ‘cute’. Ehe…
I’m definitely nonsynesthetic; so the words listed above don’t sound ‘nice’ nor ‘horrible’ to me.
However, whenever I dine at an Italian restaurant, I have to order “calamari marinara”. It may not qualify as a ‘word’ but I enjoy saying it.
“Alfalfa farm” is fun to say too.
Grossest word–bulbous. Most beautiful word–tempestuous.
i’d have to say the the grossest word in the English language is manslaughter. thats a lot worse than ‘moist’
“Pineapple behind you” said somewhat quickly with popped p’s and soft d’s
I think “moist” and “wet” are fine words. People are too afraid of their suggestive connotations rather than embracing them. And “merge”? wtf. That’s a beautiful word with beautiful possibilities.
Moist. Wet. Deal. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrgeeeeee. Moist. Wet. Merge.
I think “tranquil” is a pretty word and “Earth.” “Ether.” I also like “hubris.”
My favorite word in English is akimbo. I also think that splendid sounds splendid.
“Succulent” is one of the best sounding words in the English language. I just wish I could use it more in my everyday life.
my favorite word is squash!!!!! its really fun to say when you move your mouth around in a funny way!! squa-shh!!!!!
I agree with Emily. Bulbous is a very unpleasant sounding word.
I have come to believe that phantasmagoric is a very sweet sounding word. it means dreamlike or fantastic and is one that I have recently began using. The most interesting word that i know of is believe, beacause of the contradiction hidden within. For, you cannot spell “believe” without “lie.”
The ugliest word is expunge or sanguine.
My all time favorite word is children. It’s such a simple word yet powerful enough to invoke mostly good memories and thoughts.
My least favorites is hearing aid. Those two words are, together, dull and bland.
and the grossest word possible is SMUDGE. just say it to yourself, it sounds absolutely like vomit.
idiosyncrasy and juxtapose are amazing words. the grossest word is def fatuous
I hate the word Tribeca (as in the film festival)…I want to scream every time I hear it.
I think trounced is the best!
My all time favorite word is children. I just love how simple yet powerful it is.
My least favorite words are hearing aid. Together they are boring, dull, and uninteresting.
“Onomatopoeia” is my favorite word because it sounds neat and is fun to say. I also like “bibliophilistic,” but I do not consider it an especially beautiful word.
He vivido en Venezuela toda mi vida. Me encanta el nombre de mi país! Es tan hermoso. Es fuerte, pero de jazz. Te amo, mi país!
I like the sounds of “salubrious” and “beri beri”.
I had a friend who couldn’t stand hearing the words “moist” or “panties” if you mentioned them to her she’d shudder and beat on you. I’ve got her back that those are kind of creepy. Bulbous is a good bad one. Pimple grosses me out, probably because of the subject matter. I really like the word “malt” I always have. Sort of rolls nicely. I wish I were a synaesthesiac, I bet “malt” would taste delicious.
I always heard people say that mellifluous was constantly voted the most beautiful. Kind of cliche though. I wonder what the deal is with “cellar door.” Could somebody explain why it’s the most “euphonias” and “euphonias”?
Sorry for the double post. That wasn’t very reflevious of me. That is the most beautiful word and I just made it up. Here’s the nastiest: Sluntbletch. What do you think?
Discombobulated, swashbuckling, and conniption have always been fun for me to say!
I like the word “Daycrewshindo” i dont know how you spell it but its a musical term. but i dont like the words “relieve” or “crust”
“Moist” is the worst word in the English language. I’m fond of “valor”.
I always found the word “beer” as an incredibly ugly and awkward word especially when made plural. “Beers” is just an awkward to say word.
worst sounding word is chunk or chunky
pariah is the most prettiest, even if its meaning is quite deragatory.
I like the words sesquipedalian, crepuscular, mellifluous, and callipygian, but frothy tops the list of fun words to say
I vote flexous
Greatest word- Massapequa- especially if you say it slow like the man in the geico advertisement
Why is moist so bad? I don’t like the word school.
Greatest word- Massapequa- especially if you say it slow like the man in the geico advertisement
Why is moist so bad? I don’t like the word school or blog.
My most favorite word would have to be effervescent. To me it sounds almost elegant and dignified (even though that’s not what it means). When I say “effervescent” it fills me up with cheer!
Least favorite: The word “ago”. It sounds as if it has a bratty sound to it. I don’t like it.
Albatross is my favorite English word.
I like to say assassinate. it sounds so cool. Romantic is a nice word. encripted is cool too. worst word to me is abortion, only because of it’s connotations. So i don’t think that counts. DELIGATE! awesome word. Selection. words are just awesome in general.
My favorite word is kiwi.
Ironically, I admittedly say that my favorite word in the English language is “apathy.”
I absolutely adore the sound of that word.
Preakness! I know its not really a “word” but a name of a horse race, but I hate it!
Despite the negativity associated with it, I find “bitch” to be a fabulous sounding word.
I love the word “sequence”.
I actually like the word ‘moist’. It’s fun to say and hear, in my opinion. I think some of the most fun words, and fairly beautiful, are indefatigable and inexorable. The worst word I have discovered is staunch.
I think an okay word is composition. It’s not beautiful at all to me, its just kinda…eh.
I still say that “vile” is the best word in the english language..
As for the best sounding, I’d say “luminous” is the best =D
I like the word “Daycrewshindo” i dont know how you spell it but its a musical term.
To let you know, it’s spelled ‘decrescendo.’
I think that “broken” is a beautiful word. Not the meaning, obviously, but it sounds so pretty…
i personally like the word “bombastic.” not very beautiful, but it sounds awesome. or maybe turquoise.
How about sanguine.
Favs: Phantasmagoria, mellifluous, superfluous, peripheral, camaraderie, lorgnette
Least: purge and flunk
Funniest: swag, as in decor. (example: “I think this room needs some swag.”) Makes me crack a smile every time!
My favorite word in the world is Gabriel; it’s the type of name that rolls out of my mouth in a way that satisfies my palette (not just because that guy I like is named that… >///<).
my fave has alwyz been recite<3
The best word in the English language is tintinnabulation.
The worst or ugliest rather is mucus.
‘Perspicacity’ is my favorite.
I’m also a fan of ‘betwixt’ and the made up word of ’scrumtrilescent’.
Vote for worst / funniest word:
I like “Exquisite”. And “Squeegee” is really fun to say.
I love how the word hyberbole sounds. Of course, if you mispronounce it by reading it incorrectly, it’s flat and dull, but correctly (HY-per-bohl-EE) at least that’s how I like it pronounced. And to disagree and yet agree, I love the spelling and pronounciation of cerulean, such a beautiful color with a beautiful name =)
most beautiful word: phantasmagoria
most hideous word: taxes
least favorite: fart. it’s taken tremendous willpower just for me to type it.
the grossest word ever is oligarchy.
when you say that word it makes you want to cringe
christen is a beautiful word to me. Anybody notice how moisten is oonly a bad word to ladies? just sayin.
omg… moist… my friend thinks “moist” “tender” “nectar” and “succulent” are the grossest words ever, and the way she says them i can’t help but agree.
I like the word Plumbob, it’s a thing used by photographers on their tri-pods.
Though I loathe the following (note they all sort of sound the same): Slit, slice, splice, sliver
I think Assuage sounds beautiful. Especially if someone who is used to speaking french says it, sounds smoother and even prettier.
Chasm and mourn are appealing too.
In high school, I had a Great words list and Gross words list.
At the top of the great words: Celestial, Ubiquitous, Reclusive, Symphony
At the top of the gross words: Exacerbate and Puberty
“Moist” is a funny and euphonious word when Stephen Fry says it. I don’t know how it got such a bad rep.
And I think the funniest word is “methinks,” to change the topic just a bit.
I’ve always loved words, oddly enough. The way they sound, what they mean, how we use them, our preferrences of one over another, all are intriguing. Many people decidedly abstain from using a word entirely because it sounds gross or vulgar to them. I once had a conversation with my seventh grade history teacher about this and his least favorite word was “porch”.
I second the notion that we favor those “hill-like” and “bumpy” words. In essence, people are comforted or soothed by undulations in anything, rooted in our times in the womb.
Contrarily, we wince at those able to be titled as “harsh”. Those that make you cringe when you hear them, those that “rub you the wrong way” run as most undesirable.
Celladora is beautiful/ Celler door is frightening. I love “ethereal” and “desire”, for their ending emphasis and overall appeal. “Moist” makes me shudder…that is so disgusting. It’s forever linked to yeast infection and thus can never be redeemed as a good word. Ughh.
Ink. Ink is the prettiest word in the English language, along with serendipity. I also agree with someone about “broken”. “shatter” is also quite a nice word.
the best word ever is malicious. my least favorite is gunk
My favorite words (I can’t decide between which) are Special and Case.
I’m not sure why, I just love them!
Uhhhh…….my vote for ugliest is “stool”. I hate it! Say it over and over again…you’ll see what I mean.
Most gorgeous? “Languid”
I also like the name Persephone.
“Onomatopoeia” is always a fun word to say
I think that loquacious is an exquisite word to use…because it describes me perfectly….
BULBOUSAUR! pokeman… gotta catch em all!
My favorite word is bombastic.
My favorite words are obstreperous and subjugate, but the prettiest sounding word is soliloquy (in my opinion). It just rolls off the tongue. My least favorite word is reconnoiter. It’s pretty to say, hell to spell. It gave me a time back in sixth grade trying to spell it. The ugliest word to say is canker (as in sore). I also agree with most of the words here.
I would have to say Trouser leg. It flows quite nicely.
I just love love love the word ” callipygian cathedrals” not sure if that phrase exxists but i luv it;]]] oh yeah i totally agree about the whole moist is a gross sounding word it just never seems to come out right no matter who sez it or how they say it. it just doesnt seem 2 work
Echelon is the greatest word
Why’d you leave out syphilis?
I think the words luxe or luxurious sound very pretty. Also the word elegant or elegance sounds quite pleasing to the ear.
I do agree with most people serendipity, and mellifluous are very pretty words.
Cacophony, though not pretty in meaning is a very pretty word!
I cant stand the word throbbing! Or burp,dirt, brown, happy, slime or disgusting.
I like Latvia.
definitley has to be love
“bone pen”…Nuff said.
scrod is awful and my favorite is melancholy……. one person said moist but that makes me think of cake:)
I think it’s impossible for an English speaker to decide the most beautiful English word. For us, the meaning is too tied to the sound. I could, however, chose the most beautiful, say, Arabic word without influence by the words meaning or the degree to which the meaning matches the sound.
Although, there have been some excellent suggestions here. Pariah, bombastic, and apathy are my favourites (though I’m pretty my appreciation of bombastic is how perfectly its meaning and sound match).
Well, I am gonna go ahead and be the guy who breaks the rules and says a word from a different language. Dakara, a Japanese word, is just gorgeous. It rolls up and down in your mouth. Mhh. :]
In my opinion, the most beautiful word is either “Porcelain,” because it makes me think of something very delicate (obviously, I suppose) “Twilight,” because it almost sounds magical. I loved that word even before the book/movie used the name. Or “Pristine,” it reminds me of chiming bells. Perhaps even “ruin,” and “ancient,” only because those words provoke thoughts about the mysterious and unknown history of our world to me.
And the worst word, I would have to say is “Phlegm.” Not only is i gross to cough out (and disgusting to think that it comes from our bodies) but it’s also sounds gross to say it. So does “slug” and “secrete.”
And the funnest word to say has to be “Chrysamthemum”!!
These words sound lovely…Willowy, ethereal, scarlet, dynamo, grotesque, brouhaha.
I hate..”gig”(difficult to pronounce), “Moist” just sounds weird!
I personally think that cerebrum and cerebellum should be candidates, discounting the words’ true meanings’ cerebrum and cerebellum have a quiet and calming sound, almost like a whisper of warm wind.
(Slavoj) Zizek! Anyone? Okay, it is the name of a contemporary philosopher, but it is still a word, and he is quite popular among some Americans and I find a delight in uttering his surname.
I used to have a huge problem pronouncing chandelier (Spanish is my first language). I made it a goal to get it right, worked hard at it, and now it is one my favorite sounding words.
Chandelier is one among other words of French origin I really like. For example, a word like beau geste sounds so beautiful to me that- I am not exaggerating here- it seems like the very chemistry of my mouth changes. It is just taste so yummy, a very distinct flavor that leaves my mouth with a sweet taste.
I also enjoy some Gallicism (French expressions adopted by other speakers) such as je ne sais quoi.
There are some very interesting Latin phrases or Latin origin words that sound very cool, provide useful concepts just when you need them, and just simply help you think more critically and expansive. Take for example, the noun persona non grata, one you can, next time you find yourself in such situation, utter under your breath so as to warn your real friends about the approach of an unwanted guest.
I also thoroughly enjoy the sound of some curse words and vulgar expressions, in English and Spanish, though my social-self finds it imprudent to say what they are in this platform.
Being bilingual, or multilingual for that matter, I think your palate is even that much more enriched; you can can produce and literally invent and “taste” a wider range of sounds.
It wasn’t always fun though. When I first came to this country at nine years old, one of my most vivid memories was of a fellow Latino making fun of me because of my limited English skills and my heavy accent.
A few years went by, and things went vice versa: I now know more English than Spanish. Nevertheless, I would say I am still bilingual, and have no accent in either.
Okay, son todas las mamadas que tengo por ahora. Hastta luego.
I think… well I can’t think of a fav WORD. But I think to most pretty name to have roll off your tongue is Alexandria Mairead… Mairead being pronounced rhyming with Parade (Mare-raid). Seriously, try it! It’s simply gorgeous
To see all the different views in this space was fun. I’d like to see the blog take it one step further by asking what is the most beautiful sound phonetically in the English language.
I don’t understand the negative reactions to the word ‘moist’. How many things are better dry than moist?
“Voluptuous”, although having an appealing definition, is one word which I find particularly disagreeable to the ear.
As for one of the prettiest words, I favor “Ethereal”.
Candelabra is probably the most beautiful word in the English language. It has the sense of a romance language since it’s origin is Latin. Plus, candelabra is already known as an item used for romantic scenes which makes it that much more appealing. Candelabra hands down!
“cellar door”????! Don’t ANY of you folks watch movies ???? You’re pretty much quoting Drew Barrymore as the English teacher in ‘Donnie Darko’.
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious longest word ever but is it actually an english word
Out of the article, ‘woodthrush’ sticks out the most as the most pleasant-sounding word. For meaning, though, my favourite is definitely ‘defenestrate’.
longest word ever but is it actually an english word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
while these aren’t my favorite words i feel that cinnamon, banana, laid, and plan sound very good to me
while these aren’t my favorite words i feel that cinnamon, banana, laid, and plan sound very good to me
I love the word “ponder.”
hate the word ooze and pus. just sounds nasty. oh and clumps and globs.
Big, big apologies for my double submission; laptop acting up.
I have enjoyed almost all of the posts; thanks for sharing!
Although mine wasn’t selected or listed in your post, but I am very glad to stay tune with my previous “Super Duper” [soo-per-doo-per].
The extreme value added from duper rhyming after super, leveraging super zoning towards extraordinary. Having said, the best.
My favorite word would have to be celestial. If you do not pause at the “t” and say the words with very little accent over any of the syllables, it slides from the mouth in a very nice manner. Although I love the word coo as well, whispered it has a very nice effect with very little of the harsh sounds usually accredited to it.
My least favorite word is probably crap. It doesn’t just have a negative connotation, it has piercing syllables that do not enhance the word in any way shape or form. Words such as crunch or cat might have harder syllables, but they sit better on the tongue.
Also, the word is definitely not spelled daycrewshindo, it is decrescendo. And finally, gesundheit is not English.
I think “swift” is a lovely word, especially when whispered. However, my favorite, by far, is “burgle.” Unfortunately, it’s rather difficult to use in everyday conversation…
My favourite words might have to be velvet, quench, supple, and fathom. My least favourite word is crusty
Best word: mellifluous
The most disgusting words in the English Dictionary:
Moist is gross.
Cusp and sausage are right there with it, I think…
My personal favorite will, and will always be “crumpet.” Enough said.
I thought I was a crazy person for having a favorite word, so I LOVED reading this. My favorite word is “COMPASSION.”
akimbo is quite a nice word if I do say so myself
I like “jacaranda”…and “ergotamine” even though the latter is poisonous. They both sound rather melodically decisive and final.
I always loved the sound -and the meaning- of this simple word: SHARE
Best Words: Felicity, ethereal, Elisabeth, Verina
Worst Words: Calculus, comely (always sounds like homely…another dreadful word), smooch (ugh! Can you make something as beautiful as a kiss less pretty if you tried?)
Other Good Words: Ghastly (in a British accent), ghoulish,evanescence (goodness, this sounds like I’m Goth! I’m not, really), mellifluous, glamourous (but under no circumstances just “glam”), elegant, distinguished. I suppose I like somewhat onomatopoeic words, the sound of which suit their meanings. Fittingly, I also admire (the sound only, though) of apropos.
But cake can only be good if it’s moist.
Cake is the only thing in the world allowed to be moist.
Words are just words and in themselves of little consequence, but the meaning behind them… No beauty in words, but in the life they represent, it is not the talking but the the walking.
If one was to venture, the vilest for it’s intent and the way it is used, it has to be: “Dirt”
Too often to refer to that which we as all about us is… Mud Her Earth
As to beauty one could recreate, as creation is: “Flutterby”
Not that Butter Flies should die, but have yet to see one a flutter by any a toast so vile rich.
I’ve never understood why so many people hate the word ‘moist’ so much. It makes me think of bread dough or dewdrops. I can’t quite choose a favorite word in English, because there are so many words I understand that I can’t think of them all at the same time, never mind their connotations! My favorite word in Spanish is ‘aniquilado’, which means ‘annihilated’. ‘Cerulean’ is also very nice.
The least pleasant phoneme (I think – it’s been a while since linguistics class) in the English language is “er”.
My Favorite words are Philosophy and Charity. They have a certain ring to them that is beautiful
‘Serendipity’ is too bumpy, I agree with ‘cellar door’- it doesn’t matter what it means.
As a health care provider I like ‘galea aponeurotica’
Well, personally, I’m surprised no one has said ‘honorificabilituditutubus’ yet! Shakespeare created it four hundered years ago along with other commonly used words such as ‘monument’ and ‘bump’ … But that’s just my favorite word, honestly. It’s a terribly confusing word to say…
Best words: happenstance, wherefore, digress, crimson, cosmapolitan, cataclysm, and narccisstic
Worst words: Moist, mostly because of usage… Hardly, crag, insane, callous…
Just my opinion!
Hope, is most beautiful
SHANANIGANS! And maybe geoid.
It seems the opposite of serendipity that the word ‘lisp’ cannot be properly pronounced by someone who has one. This has frustrated me for years. Also, I hate it when someone says “fusterate”.
Favorite- euphoria, beautiful, ecstasy, jezebels, serendipity, elegant, discovery….. I mean and there is actually alot of others too I can’t think of at the moment.
Least Favorite- pimple, pu**y, cock, hell, and jail.
moist isn’t all that bad though.
worst word: hygiene
There are so many funny-sounding words. Two of my favorites are *sport* (sounds like boiling mud) and *scrotum*. Lots of ordinary words sound odd if you say them over and over out of context. *Public*. *Spoke*. *Grief*….
I have to agree with Ernie of Sesame Street that *linoleum* is a lovely-sounding word.
Arbitrarily; fun to say
Ostentatious; i like the connotation. Also connotation is a nice word.
Mundane; makes me think of a gloomy Sunday afternoon.
Dynamic; it sounds so…round.
Meander; slow. Almost like an onomatopoeia but for an action.
Cyclic; it sounds so final.
Phosphorescence; so much rhythm, ebbing and flowing.
Rhythm; so many consonants!
Centrifugal; sounds powerful.
Tangible; you can almost feel this one in the palm of your hand.
Semi permeable membrane; good phrase, don’t ask me why…
the most beautiful word in English is SEX
fallopian is my favorite to say!
smegma is a pretty disgusting word for a pretty disgusting substance.
I like the word reverie. :]
I’ve always been a fan of fluctuate
Mother – the best word ever !!!
I definately disagree with MOIST being the most horrid sounding word. I love that word, it makes me think of sex and cake, a comfortable mouth, water, cleanliness, freshness, passionate sweatiness, its erotic and sensual…
However, my favorite word to HEAR is my son’s name, not my own. It names something I created, and am proud of.
Poignant is by far the ugliest word I know.
My favorite word of all time is colloquialism. I also like syllabic, caldera, and irrelevant. Least favorite is slang.
What’s wrong with Moist? I likes me a moist towelette once in a while. And Celadon. I love that word — and it has the benefit of being close to Cellar Door.
My favorites are oblivion/oblivious.
what about Xylophone? It sounds nice to say :3
I guess I like the ph = F sound sort of words.
I love to say the words ‘aquamarine’ and ‘refrigerator’.
I think the words ‘adjourn’ and ‘turnip’ are pretty ugly, or pretty much any word with stress on that ‘er’ sound in most North American English varieties.
Also, I’m disappointed ’serendipity’ has gotten its moment of praise, because I cannot hear that word without thinking ’serendipity-doo’!!
Feels like you are taking a bit out of a delicious fruit while you say it.
To me, the best English word ever, besides caress, is Mellifluous (many have spelled it wrong!) It means to flow like honey or to be in harmoney. I makes me think of a world where no descrimination.
Say, if your really reading this, why don’t you make a blog entry about Names, The most beautiful of them all. I guess they can be English, but maybe compare it with French or Hawaiian or Gypsy names. Maybe take some of the words in the dictionary and try to form them into names. I’d name my daughter Celladora, if I was older. I’ll keep that in mind. Maybe…
Sound like a character in my book name Isodora. O well, good blog!!!
I think that euphonious is a very euphonious word, though I better like
“crimson tide” (NO! I am NOT an Alabama fan), but my total favorite word is “recondite”
The ultimate ugly word is” pustulure”. The sound fits the definition.
Ethereal, Elysian, Bombastic, Serenity, Persephone, Oblique, Crimson, Allay, Nefarious, Amalgam.
Coagulate, Discharge, Conch, Slit.
Also, to quote another poster, “My favorites are “whimsical,” “ambivalent,” and “ephemeral.”, I greatly agree, and the noun forms are just as great: Whimsy, Ambivalence, Ephemera. Also, I like Valence.
twilight, mist, caress
vs. plunger, fart, diarrhea
Really though, it’s all in how you say it.
The best word to say is botulism. It has awful connotations but it jumps out of the mouth like a prizefighter, ready to strike down anything in its way.
“You can’t eat that candy in church!”
“Botulism! Of course I can!”
I personally like “caliber”. Rolls off the tongue.
Andretti <3 mostly because it's my boyfriends. and it just sounds beautiful
Just as he is :]
My favorite word is Iridescence. It is beautiful!
goggles is the worst word in the english language, right there next to moist. Honestly i think that most words that have more than one g with a ‘guh’ sound in it are words that tend to sound a bit abrasive and just plain ugly to me!
in the uglies seiries, too get people attention, devices will ‘ping’ which i imagine as the old facebook chat noise. also, in the series, people refer to friends as (if your friends name was shay)
’shay-la’, ans one of the characters responds to a ping by saying, “hi, ping-la” (she was a bit loopy from the knockout gass; she was in a hsopital) also, icy has a beautiful ring.
I have to say that a word I find not appealing AT ALL is “ointment”. I mean really? Just the way it rolls over the tongue and the images it brings up are completely..gaaahhh.
Going have to go with “grotto” as the ugliest word in the English language.
I’ve never got what was wrong with moist. I think the anti-moist thing is primarily female, likely sparked by unpleasant gynecological associations. Any other guys find it erotic?
celluloid. cool word
corpuscle . EWW.
moist is always said to be vile and cannot be used for anything pleasant. But I ask you, what about Moist Towelette? If one were to say that to me i think of a nice warm towel you can press against your face after you’ve eaten at a very expensive resteraunt.
(Words where the vowels flow freely, basically. ‘Cellar Door’ fails for me because the consonants draw too much attention.)
And I too love insidiously slipping the word ‘insidious’ into conversations ^.^
I was discussing it with my high school students today, and I think that gerund may be the worst sounding word ever. I call them “feel bad” words.
rendezvous has always been a personal favorite
I LOVE the word ‘Splediferous’ ))))
I’d have to say “ethereal” is the most beautiful word. I try to slip it into my writing once in a while.
For all the millions of English words in the world, how can you guys say you have a favorite word or this or that word is the most beautiful? Before you think of your most favorite word, there were many words coming out your minds, right?
In thinking long on this subject, I have come upon the stranger recall of one word that I’d found dis-gust-ing… but-only when I learned the proper pronunciation of it… I had presumed, ca High School, that, European, was pronounced like, American… But alas (‘mais alors’), I learned that it is pronounced, Euro-pean, and that was ‘el-yucko’… (But I’ve gotten used to it).
‘Fuliginous’ is by far my favourite word, but I struggle to find opportunities for everyday use!
Hm….I still think that the most attractive word is _Transcendent_:)
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Ahhh, the worst sounding words… that’s something I’ve discussed with friends many times. Despite them all being adjectives, here’s our list is this:
Blergh, pretty damn gross if you ask me!
I love the word “filth”, because if you really *say* it, your face does too. grin
I have many favorites, but sashay tops my list.
my favorite word is: fern. i think it is an incredibly elegant word, its most beautiful when written in cursive.
least favorite is definitely: snack
i dont know, just the way it sounds, makes my ears shudder.
I think the words “slit” (which someone else has also said) and “butcher” are the worst. Probably because of their associations, however I wonder if the person who made these words up in the first place thought the things that were being described were gross and gave them a gross name? A phrase I like is “melancholy flower” say it fast and it sounds like “melon cauliflower.” haha! Nice and bumpy sounding to say
As far as fun to say, I’m partial to ‘Madagascar”.
Hardest sounding: Gerund (GERUNDDDDDD!!!!!)
Most “textured”: whizz
Many more, not enough time…
Hardest sounding: Gerund (GERUNDDDDDD!!!!!)
Most “textured”: whizz
Many more, not enough time…
Moist does sound gross, but I think “pus” is worse. It has that disgusting, gushing sound in the middle of it. It reminds me of festering wounds and infection. It is much grosser to me.
Love is hands down the most beautiful word in every language
I like the way these words sound;
The absolute best word in the world is “Daddy”
There are too many beautiful words, I’ve always found it hard to pick a favorite. A lot of people hate moist… but it makes me think of Duncan Heinz Moist Deluxe cake mix.
My favourite word has to be “honesty” a word that has a pure meaning but does tend to get looked over these days.
Ok, i’m pretty sure “wipe” is one of those words that can make any situation uncomfortable.
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I love to say “Genevieve Bujold” every chance I get!
Succulent! And sublime. Both great.
The word celery is not cool. Bleh. I can’t decide wether I like the word mushroom or not.
my favorite word, diaphanous, both in sound and meaning.
“lucent syrops tinct with cinnamon” ~ Keats
i think bubbly is the cutest word in the english vocabulary. it sounds funny when you say it.
Superfluous is good! My favorite word is “percolator”. It sounds so perky Also, a fun word is “perfunctory”….it’s funky
Most people here are selecting words, at least partially, on the basis of their meanings. The point is to select words strictly based on their sounds, as if the selector did not understand English. I find one of the loveliest to be “diarrhea”.
w00t they used my word, Elysian
I like ‘coniferous’
I knew a guy from another country who thought ‘ointment’ was the funniest english word
Gnarly is good, “Gnarly is when you’ve gone beyond radical”
I love the word clemency, even its meaning is just wonderful. And for some reasin Centurion seems to create this halo of strength around me
How about absquatulate as one of the less graceful English/American words. Smooth words that slip gracefully from the tongue would include surreptitious (my favorite), sequacious, and anacoluthia
My favorite word is probably Goat.
I am totally nonplussed that nonplussed is not on this list.
@ GO: I agree! I always thought Preakness sounded cringe-worthy. Especially when used with its partner word Stakes. “Preakness Stakes” not only sounds displeasing and makes your mouth form icky shapes when pronouncing it, but it sounds like something that would make you sick if you ate it.
My favorite is “emollient” and the worst ever is “pus”
My most favorite word would have to be pusillanimous. My least favorite words are heaping, slacks, meats, meal, swaddling and, of course, nibblet.
Green Bay Packers
I think Shenanigans is a fun word to say.
Like: ubiquitous, elixir, panacea, seemingly (this one more for it’s usage possibilities), harmony and its variants, symphony and its variants, precious, and exquisite
The most beautiful word to me is “asunder”
I personally would like to start something new! Whats the most favoured colour of all; i’d have to say GREEN! It just sounds so refreshing like the smell of freshly cut grass, as well its natural, and can have so many outrageously beautiful shades! But the thing that gets me is when your hiking (i’m an outdoorsy person!) and you can smell everything especially the sweet succulents of the freshly bloomed flowers and just looking
around its all just gorgeously green! Well anyways I pitched my idea! Have fun!
I love the word parallel, and indubitably is fun to say.
I vote for, hoi polli, as the cutest sounding word. The meaning, not so much. I had never heard this word until my daughter missed it at the regional Spelling Bee last year. Now my whole family is familiar with the word,lol.
The person who said that moist is the worst word and nothing that follows it could ever be good has never tasted dark, rich, moist chocolate cake that feels like velvet in your mouth.
I like the word “nestle” but my all-time favorite is a town in New York where I once lived, Poughkeepsie (po-kip-see)
i want to confirm what someone said for me also peolple and poetry are magic , poetic enchanted we have had travel with my wive to europe from one corner to the other mexico the islands. but estambul i think of the one thousand and one night sherahasada and aladin o poetry that have been writen by people. poetry ambrocial fluid of life spring in the life of people those words are poetic in them selves .thanks
Ice cream is my favorite
I have agree that ’serendipity’ is one of the more beautiful words in the English language.
I think that ‘firefly’ is definitely the coolest though.
well i do not think those r the MOST prettyiest words
Another two of my favorite words are probably swastika, and rabies. They really bring a joyful ring to the ears .
LAHAR is a brilliant word (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahar). And BOSOM.
I would agree that ‘MOIST’ is really horrible, but even more cringeworthy when put together with ‘MOIST GUSSET’. Doesn’t that just make your toes curl in disgust?
My favorite word of all time is narcissistic! Don’t judge if I spelled that incorrectly.
well, I’d have to agree moist is a pretty nasty word. but what about when it’s followed by the words chocolate cake?
mmm….men…what a good word…oh baby
wow my fav is intellegent
COOL is a timeless but i also like Insouciantly
I would argue that Catharsis is a very beautiful word. It holds a hint of harshness about it then slides off the tongue nicely. If you wanted a beautiful phrase, anything that alliterates is beautiful to me.
snorkel is the most gross-sounding, calibrate is the best.
Sounds make words. The ugliest sound is the A sound in at. Disgusting. Also, R. R can also be pretty. If you roll it, it sounds like something foreign and beautiful. L is another great letter. You can ruin all sounds by saying them wrong, though. It’s terrible what people can do to beautiful words. I thought Onomatopoeia was grand until my English teacher pronounced the first a like at. Blech. It’s all about how they’re said. Really.
Isn’t it hoi polloi?
Yes, Venezuela does sound nice.
It’s spelled decrescendo.
I remember a story about a stupid mom who wanted to name her baby girl Gonorrhea, because it sounded so pretty.
Next, Howabout *real* words that don’t-exist in the dictionary–
CORRASABLE – cf correctable + erasable.
ALOT – used as a adverb instead of “a lot,” (e.g. The baby burps ‘alot’).
ALIGHT – the grammatically correct English preposition, cf incorrect ALIT.
DETILIERATED – (meaning) the process of fitting tiles of varnish over a painting to give it the visual texture of sunlight shadowing-through.
My favs… transluscent, ethereal, efficacious
Words to avoid… gecko, google, ogle, skank
“Sixths” (as in “I’d like two sixths of that pumpkin pie please”)
Truly unusual word
Cottage is the best and most beautiful word ever
ooops I meant Translucent… and then I’ll add slumber.
I just hate the words “belch” and “squelch”.
But, I love the word “lavender”.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH MOIST? I find it perfectly fine…….
But, I also hate the word snorkel and love the words “terrific,” “yes,” and also “me.” It sounds vain, but me is just kinda fun to say. “You” is cool too.
Don’t judge me!
How could any word bring more beauty to the imagination than “silhouette”?
Whimsical is a lovely word which takes one to an enchanted place merely by saying it.
Spoelstra – that’s got a ring.
my favorite word is Plethora
my least favorite word is probably Geometry
most gross sounding word is Soggy
Funnest word to say is Blarghsmagneggalness
Definition: sound I make when I yawn
Other Good Words
Om Nom Nom
And Finally : Spam
WOOGA WOOGA! is also a fun word to say
pronounced [WOO-GAH WOO-GAH]
and most beautiful word is (in my opinion)is… Sagittarius! no just kidding. the most beautiful word (still I.M.O.) is Ike pronouced [ahyk]
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Ike the word (to me) imbodies Courage, Power, Loyalty, Strength, Devotion, Persistence, Knowledge, Compassion, Humility and Pride. Belief in doing what is just even when it means putting yourself in harm’s way for someone, regardless of their social status, or if they are someone you know or don’t know for no other reason than it was the right thing to do, without thought of reward or admiration. To me it means being a Hero in every way that counts.
Cheeriously is my fave word! CHEERIOUSLY!
It is my personal opinion that English is one of the ugliest languages on the planet. Still, we have our moments.
I love the word “Louche” but am shocked to find that it doesn’t seem to exist here on thesaurus.com Louche is a descriptive term usually applied to places such as bars or clubs (and sometimes to people) and means degenerate but in a sort of cultured fashion.
For me the worst-sounding words have awkward consonant clusters (think “birthday”).
My favorite name right now is Gwendolyn. It flows beautifully with crisp last names. “Gwendolyn Brooks” is a great example.
What is worth for life is a maze only if it is not a nightmare.
Most sounding word is a charade only if it is a happy ending; however, is there always a catch?
Plinth takes top honors in my opinion. Also tourmaline.
One of the ugliest is squamous, even without its associations to cancer.
Oh, yes, and as the phonetically funniest word, I nominate SLURP. It
just drips with liquifaction–so bad it’s good.
anything said in a southern or british accent
fear of long words-Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
cheeriously sounds too peppy
spuds cool too im not talking about the guy
spud is pronounced (sssss-puh-uh-duh)
To me, the best word is life. Without it, nobody would live! Also:
cupuchino(you know, the drink?)
Worst word is death.Also:
Pudmaster isnt a real word i made it up but its very addicting.
but exposed and obliterate sound amazing
Lucidity, both in meaning and euphony.
I would have to vote puce as the grossest sounding word. It makes me think of vomit.
definitely the words with a lot of l’s are the most likable. i personally love linguistic. i have no idea why. i also like to say thirty-seven. i like the way it rolls off your tongue. oh, and @Zach- it’s spelled decrescendo.
Best: Gurgle, coloquial, intimate, undulate, bulb, nub,
Worst: franc (ironic, given the beauty of french)
I think that mellifluous, permeate, enigma, and nuance are nice-sounding words. Personally, I dislike the sound of heinous, raspy, perfunctory, and flout.
(Lugubrious and fungible are nice, too.)
How about “Millifluous”? A melodious sounding word indeed.
My favorite word is Squish =) but i have to disagree with Moist and/or Wet being the worst words, i like them makes me think of many things >.<
I think the worst word would have to be Failure/Fail and/or Puss (nasty stuff).
This is so strange. When I was young, probably 50 or so years ago, Groucho Marx had a game show & I use the the word ‘game’ loosely. There was a beautiful young woman contestant whose name was Cellar Door! No fooling… When asked by Groucho about her unusual name, she said her parents, who were professors or the like, thought that Cellar Door were the 2 most beautiful sounding words in the English language. Hmmm-the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Schadenfreude is a neat word even though it has a negative undertone; I just love the word sesquipedialian. It’s so exotic and idiosyncratic to me just like my personality!
….the most beautiful word that I like to say in the English language is idoisyncrasy!
….my least favorite word to say is coccyx
Worst of the worst: saccharine
You know what I like? People on a dictionary site spelling words incorrectly.
By the way, “irony” is a word with quite a lovely sound.
Skepticism is not a word but there it is in the text. Scepticism is a word. Spelling, grammar and conjunctions are important.
I think either “sing” or “gracious” or maybe ” fluorescent” are the prettiest
I think “grunge” or “sleaze” are the grossest
saying “CPCTC” is so fun…in case you don’t know, CPCTC is a math term for -Corresponding Parts of a Congruent Triangle are Congruent- that whole sentence is fun to say too!
I think either “sing” or “gracious” or maybe ” fluorescent” are the prettiest
I think “grunge” or “sleaze” are the grossest
saying “CPCTC” is so fun…in case you don’t know, CPCTC is a math term for -Corresponding Parts of a Congruent Triangle are Congruent- that whole sentence is fun to say too!
I think the most beautiful sounding word might be agility. There are several others too. But agility sounds just so perfect both in meaning and also in sound. The grossest word: Rape.
Ce la vie is a good old fashioned English word.
I love the word “lovely” it actually sounds so lovely and makes anyone happy !
The English word I dislike the most is “simplest”. I will go out of my way to rearrange a sentence so to say “the most simple” rather than say “simplest”.
Perhaps my all-time favorite word though is, “loquacious”.
My least favorite word is “girdle”. Bad connotations PLUS it sounds like a repulsive string of harsh consonants.
I have to say “cacophony” has a very nice rhythm to it. It seems a bit silly since it means a discordant mixture of sounds, but the word itself is very euphonic.
speaking on last names i think i have the worst last name in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people cant seem to say my last name right!!!!! its messer and yet people call me messner, messler, and messwer!!!!!!!!! for crying out loud people!!!!!!!!!!! it is MESSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please get it right!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its all ive got time i become mrs. amy anders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry i put time when it should of been till!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think “kiss” is a very nice word, both as an expression of affection and as a light touch, as in “the breeze (also nice) kissed her face”. Both ‘kiss’ and ‘breeze’ can be as looong a word as you’d like : ) I’d agree with ‘cabbage’, ‘ointment’, and also ‘goiter’ as candidates for ugliest word. I don’t like to say words with the short ‘a’ sound in flag, drag, etc.
my fav word is marshmellow, it sounds okward!!
My most-euphonious word (du jour): haecceity.
My least-euphonious word (again, at the moment): mirror.
Cyberquill: I think my brother would concur with callipygious.
What’s all the hate for “moist”? Does it have some negative meaning in some other English speaking country besides the U.S.? I suppose if you let your mind wander you could come up with something, but geez, get your mind out of your crotch (possibly the ugliest word). When I hear moist I think about cake and brownies, and a nice piece of salmon that’s not overcooked. It makes me drool. All of you who carry a different conotation, feel free to laugh, I supose…
I would say “Paradox”.I think it sounds beautiful and mysterious, just like its meaning.
I really enjoyed the words in the article as well as those suggested by other readers such as “paradisaical” by Krysti.
My favorite words are cacophony and concavity. I think they are words you can almost feel in your chest. I also really love the word voluptuous. I think it is a word that sounds the way it looks and looks the way you imagined it to.
My least favorite word is mayonnaise. I find it awkward. I think it starts off wanting to be fun with “mayo” but becomes rather weird with “nnaise” at the end. It sounds more like a nasal infection than a condiment. It’s just awkward!
I think, one of the funniest words in the English language is….”fart”
I hate “quench” as in “quench my thirst” its horrible, makes me cringe when its said, yuck….
I don’t know about the most beautiful or the prettiest sounding — And while I love the idea of a cellar and an accompanying creaky creepy cellar door, it’s not my favourite word. Plus, isn’t it actually a phrase as opposed to a word …?
Whatever the case, I laughed the hardest reading one reader’s submission: ‘Buttmunch’. So I’m gonna have to go with that.
The best and funniest word is “Paprika.” makes me laugh every time!
I agree, Lucidity is lovely, as is Elucidate.
Agree with taxes and Obama as most putrid words.
I also have a love hate relationship with diatribe, quagmire, and obfuscation. which the aforementioned readily proliferates…
We should have a poll for most Powerful words…
Anesthesia is also a yummy word…
“Ephemeral” is one of the most beautiful descriptive words I know and use frequently.
Some years ago, I believe “linoleum” was voted the most euphonistic word. In second place was “machine”. Both of them just sort of roll off the tongue.
Cellar door is okay, but the “d” sound gives it a bump.
As every baby knows, all words are equally beautiful. Any word we make that includes the tongue, teeth, lips and throat has its origins in magic. ABRACADABRA is fun for that reason. So is MOLLYGOMODOOF (a word we learned from a commercial in 60s. Another commercial taught us SISSYWASSAFRASS. JABBERWOCKY taught us “mimsy,” not tomention galumphing, and “bandersnatch.” So the words best qualified as beautiful are those closest to the moment of invention, which is what makes language charming in general. Try making up a word right now and see what happens in your mouth. Working backward from there, you will find an armamentarium of others you dont use much, but which meet the standard of “beauty.” Imagine being the first person to swear–before there were any conventions. A noise arose from your throat, your mouth, tongue, teeth and lips collaborated in shaping it. Someone heard you and adopted the word. What could be more beautiful?
I absolutely love the word absolutely
Defenestrate (to throw out a window) seems like a nice strong word, with rocky connotations
Yea! Someone said my favorite…mellifluous. I love the way it rolls off the tongue.
Lollipop is one of the most fun words.
like the word vibrissa….would make a pretty name
For those of you who don’t like the word moist, and who say that any word after moist is unpleasant, by association; consider the phrase moist cake. Moist turkey also comes to mind. But while we can substitute juicy when talking about turkey, a juicy cake would indeed be unpleasant.
As for me, all scatalogical words are unpleasant, as is the racial expletive starting with “n.”
Euphonically speaking, I like the sound of pickle relish, and the word euphonia.
obstreperous- that is an awesome word! What is the big deal with “moist” though? I’ve never really understood the horror of that word- i mean, cake can be moist, and who doesn’t like cake? For me, the word “feet” freaks me out, but that’s probably because I don’t like feet! I don’t like “scrape” either- ick.
I love the word “ribbons”. It transports me.
the road was a ribbon of moonlight – how beautiful.
I think that the word flabbergasted is an AMAZING word, but it is too bad that celladora is not a real word cause it is real nice
“Nothing followed by moist can be pleasant.” Brings to mind a crummy word: unimaginative
Favorite word: Rachel
I think “tipsy” is fun to say. Just say it, it’s rather enlivening.
Also, “beguile,” (or just “guile”) “pique,” “sumptuous,” “query,” (or even “inquiry”) and “wistful” are all quite alluring. Maybe I just have a thing for U’s and Q’s.
Speaking of Q’s and U’s: “queue” is kind of weird.
I hate the word Patio & rotten.!! D:
I feel that blog is a gross word. It sounds to me like a variation of throw up. Also, I have to agree with the person who said cabbage is a bad word. Ew, caaabbagggee. And blog.
Succulent is also a good word…..
I love the word insipid. This definitely cannot come from it’s meaning, but the word itself is beautiful.
“Puissant” is also pretty beautiful. “Conglomerate,” though fun to say, doesn’t seem very appealing.
I hate the sound of the word titillating.
Also terrible are cough and pink. (Not for their meanings but for their sound)
My favorite is ‘if’.
“Fudge” is the winner all the way. I specifically remember my English teacher repeating this word to our class haha
My favorite word is remember and my least favorite is belly
I love, love, love “perspicacity”.
And I think “yurt” is hands down the funniest sounding.
The grossest sounding word would have to be “tubular”. Eugh.
I hate “delicious,” love “groovy,” and “chicken” cracks me up. Especially if you scream it. I don’t know why. Oh, and “baba ganoush” is great fun to say.
Illumination or ejaculation are my favs. Scoundral is cool to.
I think psychopathology is a fun word and the most gross word to me is moist
Most gross-sounding word with my vote is “coagulated”.
Out of the list you had for beautiful words, I was surprised to find scissors. I do not like the word “scissors”! I had trouble spelling it when I was a child and I don’t enjoy the mouth movement involved when speaking it.
Resilience. Hands-downs. Its sound, fluency, meaning.. All around great word.
my favorit word is “if”
cellar door is obviously not the most euphonious phrase. first of all, why not make it “seller door” (i.e. an entry into a merchant’s space) and avoid the negative connoation? these language experts never heard of homophones?
also, there is discord between the “r” in cellar and “d” and door. it makes more sense to make it cellar room (or seller room). now the first word ends with the same letter that the second word starts with, which is obviously more euphonious.
this is such a crock its not even funny.
I like Clementine. And I think as far as names go,Amy is among the prettiest sounding.
I have always loved words that have two “f”s in the middle like “muffin” and “stuffin”. I guess they have to have that exact ending, too. :p
Moist? I think the oi is what does it. And Oink is by far the worst for me. Dink, Fink, Planck, Plaque,
My favorites are cornucopia, collapse, capricious, copacetic, policy, suspicious, etcetera (the word, too).
My favorite word is alien. The version representing, strange or different. I just find it packed with meaning.
I can’t tell you my fave word. I have too many. I am shocked so many people don’t like moist, though. I always thought it was a good word. Not on my fave list, but certainly not a bad one.
My favorite word is Marijuana
My son and I have conversations about words we don’t like. He dislikes “parka” and I’m not crazy about “goggles”. Another word we don’t like is “mukluks”. We think “sprinkles” is cute. Funny how we all have different words we feel strongly about.
I think, for many reasons, the worst word in our language is “PHLEGM”. I sounds like what it is and that is horrible.
Well-sounding: enthusiasm, uvula, deity, leather, blessed, vaccine, bloody (as a swearword)
Ill-sounding: strut, tights, tit, tank
Also, I kind of agree with the Monty Python’s Flying Circus regarding “woody” and “tinny” words
My favorite word is exorcist
Whimsical as the most beautiful, and curdle as the grossest sounding word.
my favorite word is “DEAR” and it means “the beloved” it really sounds wonderful to my ear!! euphonious!! plz vote for it!!
Moist is definitely an unpleasant word, unless you follow it up with “cake” or “turkey”. However, it is not THE most unpleasant word. I will not state it here, but everyone knows the derogatory word that some people use for a woman or female body part. The “c” word, by far, is the most unpleasant word. Not only is it used in a very derogatory manner, but it also sounds awful…you can’t help but say it with strength and bite. Both uttering it, and hearing it, is truly an unpleasant experience.
On the other hand, the “f” word (similar in feeling when spoken as in the “c” word) is great because of it’s versatility and strength. These are the same qualities that make the “c” word unpleasant, but that word is not as versatile to use as the “f” word is.
Coolest sounding word: Avalon
Cydonia. It sounds sensitive, slightly mysterious, and maybe even a little aggressive at the same time.
I’m a pharmacist and my favourite drug name is “Moxifloxacin” , pronounced Mocks-eee-Flocks-ah-sin , it reminds me of a rabbit or similar every time I say it
Weirdest sounding word: Glockenspiel
Most overused and misused word on TV/Radio news: “Now” In order to sound “folksy” newscasters will spastically insert the word “now” at the beginning of any sentence. Stop it.
The 2 best words: salubrious and callipgian
Palimpsest has always been a favorite — I think mostly because it’s such a poetic and specific thing.
Susurrus: a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.
Moist isnt a gross word if you put it before CAKE!
soliloquy, epiphany, Elysium and elysian, scissors, vivacious, fudge, telephony, nycthemeron, cinnamon, woodthrush, phosphorescence, lithe, and languorous. These words wouldn’t really have a use in modern day society where people are content to use shorter, less complicated words.
Now all in all if I were to pick a favorite word it would probably be Endeavor. If I were to pick a most beautiful word it would likely be… Dawn. Most beautiful words would be a tough choice but I’d go with… Dawn Treader. Yet I completely agree with Cellar Door.
The most gross sounding word I would have to say is… Excrement.
Not really getting why people don’t like “Moist” but mayhaps that would be due to when one things of a swamp they would think of the “Moist” air of a swamp which really isn’t ever pleasant…
how about lullaby? c’mon…
oka,back it spelled CLAVICLE ok yeah, favorite word that.
My favorite words are susurrant, turbid, torrid, and lush.
My least favorite word is “gulf.” As a child, saying it, or even just hearing it spoken used to make me nauseous.
the BEST word
Hands down best word-swashbuckle.
I think that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the best jump roping word. Lilliputian is the overall prettiest.
My fav word is luscious
I associate words with pictures and shapes and colors, and when it’s an onomatopoeia I like to imagine the real sound. So I like moist because I see pretty blue water on a white background. I like sip because I can feel the memory of a drink on my lips and hear the sound. I like Boobie [the bird] and bloop and bubble because they’re all round words, physically and in my imagination :]
Voluptuous makes me think of someone smooth, slinky, and foxlike. Not my favorite word, mind you, just had to mention it.
Hey where are my words????
Moist is the best word in the English language. However another close second is subterfuge.
I like elixir Elijah and monstrosity also employ
Words are a lifetime. Just one can change the world: fire/charge…stop…go…no…yes…why…when…how…now…wow…tow.
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I really think that critique and phlegm are the grossest sounding words. I really like the word moist. It reminds me of dew.
my fave word fantabulous ( Fantastic +fabulous)
Worst sounding word? Phlegm wins by a landslide, both the meaning and the sound.
I submit Petroleum for the best, I like the way it sort of rolls off the tongue.
Just the sound, not the product.
And oh yes, its hard to find an uglier word than ‘Swastika’.
What about humuhumunukunukuapuaa? haha, it’s a great word
What about Obviously,its a word used from kids to old people…
Lugnut is the cutest word.
…This question is actually no-brainer..
…LOVE is second to none..no explanation needed.
I have always loved the sound of the word, “canoe,”
and the phrase “blue canoe.”
And then, of course, Johnny Mathis sings in West Side Story, “the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard: ‘Maria,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘Mari. . . . . a.’”
Most confusing work: effluvium – sounds so pretty; such vile imagery.
When my daughter was 3, she named her doll Cafeteria. didn’t know what it was, but she liked the sound.
Purely on pronunciation
SYPHILIS for the same reasons everyone likes all the long rolling s words.
(in spite of the meaning)
VACUUMING is the worst. Hard to say, hard to spell, and a pain to do.
For pure snob appeal
PERSPICUOUS is awesome. When someone tells a group of people something difficult that YOU actually understand and they don’t, you say “That was pretty perspicuous” and they agree with you and roll their eyes and don’t realize you are making fun of them.
soporific and panacea. Favorites because of their meanings AND how they sound and feel.Least favorites;juice and anything related- juicy, juiced
Lithe, catallactics and o’clock are the three most beautiful words.
Catarrh is the ugliest.
Let’s go with “assuage;” Just sounds good.
One of the worst sounding words…”Yogurt.” I actually believe folks would eat more of this, if they’d have just given it a better sounding name. :):)
Best sounding name… “John(or Jon)Tew.” Don’t know why, but it just seems to have everything a man’s name should have. Go figure.
gummy, lithium, pulse, ice, and pastry
OK; How-bout “Genre?” (pronounced john-ra)(well…kinda-a)as in type, sort, kind, field, variety.
FROM MY MOTHER’S 1920s high-school yearbook:
TEACHER: There are two words I wish you would not use. One is “swell” and the other is “lousy.”
FLAPPER: Yessir, and what are the two words?
I love the word “tracesprite”, which comes from Shakespeare. I adopted it as my tweeting name. I also like the phrase, “taffeta phrases”, also from Shakespeare.
Purkinje, as in
I personally believe the best word is crisp, the worst being soggy.
Why not Euphoric, Perpetual, Conceptual and Tergiversate?
Sapphire, superfluous, poinsettia, serendipity, flourish, scintillate, melodious, vivacious… I can’t decide, but “cellar door” is not it!
It’s not english actually but I love the way it sounds..”Creme’ de la Creme’ and Raison de etre”– Best of the Best and Reason for being in english respectively.
Love the word grace hate the word spew
I vote for the word Supercilious the be the most beautiful sounding word. It sounds pretty, has a “cool” definition, and has a negative meaning. Trifecta.
I love the word Defenestrate.
The worst word is miost.
I’m impressed word lovers! You’ve started quite the conversation here!
You should all go to Ficly and write with these gorgeous words!
Honestly, their community is fun and supportive! Please go check it out! I’m a science major and I love writing on ficly for the fun of it.
I personally like “serene” and “lucious”. “Euphoria” is a good word too.
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it’s a beautiful word.
I don’t know about you, but I think the word “asked” is the most ANNOYING word to say, because it’s hard to get the “k” sound in there and if you don’t then the word just sounds awkward. but if you say “axed”, you just sound like a total hic… just sayin haha
This is just me, but my favorite words are “brusque” (whisper it and it sounds cool) and ” cello” (because I’m devoted to it). I get all tingly when I hear these words. Also whisper, bubble, enchant, and chrysanthemum. I like very light, airy sounding words. For “grossest”, I have to say “burgle”. Ugh!
I like the sound of “Dazzle” and the elegant tone of “Chocolate.”
“Serendipity” is almost magical.
tumult sounds good to me. any word that ends with -oir or -oit annoys me. like the -oit in the wrestler’s name, Chris Benoit. haha.
Best – Superfluous, Curvaceous (love for its meaning)
Worst – Gross(yeah!), moist
Weird, but I like exaggerate too…
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I love the words: cinnamon, juicy, tangy, and velvet.
Hate the words: drip, splotch and moist. Also love the word zesty
Fav- velvet, spice, cucumber, magical, zesty, purple, juicy, crimson and cinnamon.
Hate- drip, splotch, moist, whine and mold.
The long “a” sound is cool:
I was relieved when I found other people hated the words “crusty” and “snack” – they are truly horrendous words.
I like the word Epic. XD
My least favorites are crotch, squat, and squalor.
My favorites are soliloquy and capricious. But as someone mentioned, the English language is not very pretty.
The most beautiful sounding word in the world is Lina, my beautiful girlfriend!!! Te quiero mucho <3…
I think that one of the most beautiful words in English is the word, “symbiotic”. It sounds like it is spelled; It rolls off the tongue; It tickles your ears; It has bright colors; It’s tones are vibrant; and the definition is stunningly beautiful.
beautiful word – water
Y’all are close, and the winner is HABITABLE
There was a similar poll on the BBC website a few years back. Then as now, it was surprising how many people could not dissociate the word from the object it described. If I remember correctly, ‘butterfly’ was the winner, but was it because the word is beautiful or because butterflies are beautiful? I think the word ‘moist’ might be a similar victim, in reverse. I actually think ‘moist’ has a pretty ring to it, as too does ‘necrophilia’ although few people would say that what it describes is very pleasant at all.
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Yes, pretty gross sounding.
My favourite word to speak is “vomit.”
My personal phonetic interpretation is: vawe’-met. (“awe” as in, well, “awe”)
Love that word.
I also am fond of speaking the word “garage.” Many a folk vulgarize the pronunciation to something that sounds more like: grodge. This is spoken typically with about as much fervor as the word “crotch.”
The word is a derived from French “garer” (to shelter) & when reflected upon from a state of mind more focused on a safe haven rather than motor oil, the association can be dramatically altered. It is also much more palatable to the ears when spoken softly with the following inflection: gay’-rahz; & that’s how I say it.
Words that I find beautiful (besides “beautiful” itself): serene, chrysalis, lunar, crystalline, imagine, aurora, sapphire (and tons of others I can’t think of right now!).
Words that are plain fun to say: futon, discombobulate, chiaroscuro, titillating, ruminate, jamboree, and Wapokoneta (a town in Ohio).
But how on Earth did “turgid” not make the “worst word EVER” list? There is nothing attractive about that word, I don’t ever use it when I write, and at least “moist” is a wonderful word when referring to cake!
Elysian, Spectral, and Arcane.
i really dont care.
You’ve just prompted me . . . I always forget to remember the word oxymoron
I’ve always loved the sound of the word “labia.” However, being a male and not being employed as an OB/GYN or comedian, I don’t really have the opportunity to use it much. But I still like the sound of the word.
some of this wreid words are similar to my language, the spanish, so are familiar to me , but i realy like more the sound uin english of this words.
But above all one of my favourite, really my favourite, is the word ONLY.
I think it sounds good, and cool.
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i would definitely say that ambidextrous, arachibutyrophobia, anatidaephobia, hippopotomonstrosesquippidaliaphobia, supercalifragilisticexpealidocious, and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis are my favorites. the more syllables the better!
I have always loved the word ‘look’….say it several times in a row and it is comical. Look, look, look, look, look…lol :O)
i agree about “moist” being the nastiest. “bulbous” is really awful as well.
I have to disagree regarding the word “moist”. I find this word quite pleasant to the ear, soft, gentle, and kind of pushed out of the mouth.
I cannot really decided on the most beautiful word, because English has so many words that can be pleasant to the ear, have positive connotations, or are fun to say. I will share a few I like in no particular order:
serenity, lithe, mesonoxian, rather, bumblebee, nocturne, ennui, bubble, peculiar, myriad, plethora, ethereal, quite, dilapidated, epitome, salvation,
neither (when pronounced n-EYE-ther, not nee-ther),
soliloquy, iridescent, mist, twilight, arid, indeed, murmur, epiphany, rambunctious, intrigue, whisper, balderdash, eerie, valor, and dandelion.
+ brandy, + candy, + goddamn
Favorite words are “Brandy,” “Brooke,” “pontificate”
actually, i think ‘bronx’ as in “the Bronx” is the coolest word, if you consider names as words
i like the word sizzle
Clearly, the most melodic sounding word in everyday English is, “mellifluous”, especially when rendered in a James Earl Jones basso, followed by “melodic” itself, because of its musical lilt and the ‘c’ (sharp) end note… and yes, the pun’s intended. Euphonious is fun to say too, but it’s not one that comes up daily; or weekly for that matter.
And one of the great onomatopoeic words of all time? Vulva. Summons visions of velvet.
I have always hated the word turd, because it sounds like what it is.
A word that I love is giggle.
I like the word succulent. I think “fatigue” is the best sounding word in the English language. I don’t know why but it just came to mind when I thought of the most beautiful word.
I guess I would have to be mildly synaesthesiac because ever since I was about three I have always thought of “purple” as a bumpy word…
Is it common to not know if you are synaesthesiac?
I love the word winter
I’m crazy about the word “juxtaposition.” It’s been my favorite for a long time now, sounds so good and feels good rolling of the lips.
Sorry if I’m duplicating … I ran out of time to read all the suggestions before mine. I would like to proffer (now that’s a nice word) …
PERSIMMON (but it looks prettier in lowercase)
My favorite word is: mystique. it sounds pretty and has a nice meaning. I know a bunch of people who hate the word moist, but I personally don’t have a problem with it! Serendipity was also one of my favorite words way before I read this article. I have to agree with the one person who said squelch was the worst word, it definitely is.
And John? I’m not sure you know the meanings of either onomatopoeic or vulva. Because if so, then you are just being an idiot.
I like geographical terms like swale, escarpment, topographical, terrain, archipelago, hummock, tablelands and so many more!
Also it’s fun to dig for fun variations upon words: juxtapose and juxtaposing are beautiful sounding variations of juxtaposition as is serendipitous for serendipity.
I think the most beautiful sounding words are succulence, scintillating, fjord, archeology, Zoroastrianism, sililoquy, lugubrious, phantasma, glacial, sashay, verisimilitude, ephemeral, coyly, xenophilia, meander, camouflage, entourage, dismal, illusory, nebular, effervescence, evanescence, idiosyncracy, audacity, tempestuous, alluvium, and colloquial.
Also, I think the most beautiful sounding name is Dostoyevky, especially with the “oy” sound followed swiftly by the “yev” sound. It just flows so easily.
I think the ugliest sounding words are squelch and cabbage, but i think the funniest and strangely pleasant sounding phrase is “poop smear”, even with its highly unpleasant meaning.
yes, i do love the way my own name sounds: Lyla…and i also love when i say the word Surreptitious…god its so amazing saying it syllable by syllable…and i hav nothing against moist, since it reminds me of heavenly brownies… Cornucopia is nice sounding as well… ^^
I like the sound of “murmur.” I know that some conservative or evangelical Christians don’t like it, but since I haven’t those leanings, I think it is a lovely word.
Now, for my favorite English word (doesn’t truly belong in this thread, I know, but I can’t resist): monosyllabic. A five-syllable word to describe a one-syllable word. How can you not love that?
I love the words voluptuous and curvacious…when using these words to sell beautiful clothes it certainly helped women feel better about themselves.
Not only beautiful but it’s physically beautiful which is PULCHRITUDINOUS…….and the other beautiful word is ghostly double – DOPPELGANGER……
Halcyon. I met an Indian woman by this name, who was one of the most serene people I had met in my life.
To spell, I love “effervescent” or “juxtapose.” To say, my favorite is probably “murmur.” My least favorite is probably “rich” (not money rich). I don’t know, I just don’t like it.
I do this as an exercise in poetry sounds–they pick words by the sound of them, only, although it’s hard to divorce our recognition of meaning from pure sound. But eighth graders don’t always have the largest vocabulary, so just looking at words for pronunciation in a dictionary isn’t too hard. I always start by saying that one of the ugliest words in meaning is also one of my very favorite for sound–melanoma. Like mellifluous, the m’s and l’s mixed with soft vowel sounds in melanoma make it sound beautiful.
Robin Williams’ character in “The World According to Garp” identified “eighteen” as the sexiest word in the English language.
It seems to me that a lot of people are mistaking the sound of the word for the thought it conjures up in their mind. “Cellar door” isn’t the loveliest image, but it sounds gorgeous. “Serendipity” isn’t a very beautiful word, in my opinion. “Seren” is beautiful, “dipity” sounds like the babbling of a toddler.
I also like the way that the word “lovely” rolls off the tongue. A few of the comments also had great suggestions, like “wasps”, “cornucopia” “Persephone” and sensuous.
On the other hand, I don’t think the word “moist” is unpleasant at all, I like it.
Mellifluous and zephyr are two of my favorites.
i like the word “braggadocio” it has a nice ring to it
Antimacassar is a wonderful word and the flip side is smegma.
I like a lot of the words listed as the most beautiful ones… but don’t think I would be able to pick a “beautiful sounding” word because it is practically impossible to separate a word from its meaning.
I guess we could try saying the words over and over until they start sounding strange, but most words sound ugly, not pretty, after doing that. =/
Does it make me a bad person if I like the way “Suicide” sounds?
I also love the words “Pendulum” “Symphony” “Galaxy” and “Enemy” because of the way they sound.
And is it just me or is “World” just plain ugly?
Mausoleum, iris, mondo, nefarious, catastrophe, and nevermore are really pleasing words to me. Also, city skyline is a gorgeous phrase.
@Nikki Ha ha. That doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, I was going to write that myself but chickened out, thinking it might be too offensive. But I fully agree. They shouldn’t give such a pleasing name to such a horrible thing.
LOVE many words… mellifluous is a favorite… also, Serengeti and Kalahari… bibliophobic… TOO MANY to name…
I like curvaceous but my favorite is pool.
I love the word Salubrious
~>* VOLUPTUOUS *<~ by sound and meaning!
lavender, gossamer, symphony, winter, lovely, tribal, natural… and my all-time favorite word: reconcile. I just love the way that sounds (especially with my regional accent)… and I can use it all the time.
I love Mizzenmast, jade, crystal, amber, aquamarine, song, and one I made up: Anaqualeture. How to pronounce: an OK wa lay tur
It means a sort of cosmic unity. I think it’s beatiful.
I think the lovliest word has got to be “brilliant”. When you say it, you first purse your lips as if for a kiss, then at the end of the word it is easy to finish with a smile. The meaning is wonderful, the saying of it is sexy, and hearing it said is thrilling. What more could you want in a word?
my vote would go to fluid pronunciation of ‘mellifluous’
Fav-Sounding Words: Beautiful, Succinct, Soliloquy, Seren, Peace, Angel, Lyric, Music, Free, Fruition, Kinesis, Psychic…just to name a few and words that end with “tion”…Determination, Situation, Nation, Clarification, Secretion, etc…
Ugly-Sounding Words: Belch, Feet, Smegma, Slurp, stuff like that…
BUT THE BEST WORDS OF ALL ARE: God, Jesus, Lord, King, Savior, Glory, Magnify, Praise, Pray, Angel, Miracle, Forgiveness, Bless, Amen and Hallelujah!
Ok, so obviously the word has gross meaning, but taken purely for its sound — diarrhea
I like the word sexy!
leonine (lee-oh-neen). characteristic of a lion
luxurious and luminescent are pretty words, as are their definitions. serendipity is also really fun to say =]
Luminescent It’s just beautiful, the way it rolls off your tongue.
Grin is my favorite word but as for the most beautiful sounding I would say superfluous is definitely up there.
i love these comments! thanks to everyone for sharing. my favorite word is dilapidated, in all its crooked beauty.
Not beautiful but I just love the way they sound: Writhe, Excise. Also, creature, willow, hazel
Worst: Burger. I find it very akward to say and usually comes out more like “booger.” I cringe when i hear it.
voluptuous… is beautiful and dumbfounded too! =)
for me, plethora is the most interesting sounding word right now
I also like “ob” words like oblivious, obligatory, oblique.
Soap Bubble (or just bubble)
Spitter (yes, I know it’s not a word. Think of the meaning like “gutter” or “flicker”)
I agree with the person who said, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. It always makes me smile, what better thing could a word do?
hey there i think “he’s like” and “I was like” obnoxious as well as the overuse of “actually”–Americanisms of the useless kind.
I love the word crimson.
I don’t know what it is about that word but it makes me feel nice and warm inside; and it makes me smile
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious will always be the best word to me
worst? assume: ass u me
For those of you who don’t like “moist,” what about moist brownies or cake?
The most beautiful is undoubtedly “Utopia”
and the most beautiful place name “Utopia Planetia”
Sorry, that is “Utopia Planitia”
It is a plain on Mars where the Viking 2 Spacecraft landed in September 1976.
I will never say the word, “crud”!!! It’s crude and disgusting.
On the other hand, “silver” has a nice ring to it.
It’s not exactly English, but the absolutely most beautiful phrase or set of words I have ever seen or run across, is the Italian road, near Rome, where there are many beautiful ancient noble homes, and current places to eat and drink. It is named the “Via Flaminia”. The phrase is so beautiful, and elegant, and even after many years I still marvel when I see it, and even better, go there for a glass of wine.
Another favorite word: neurolinguistics.
Most hated phrase : “as well”….it’s ugly, pretentious, and unecessary. Why not just say “also”, if necessary, which it isn’t, most of the time ?
Favorite words/name : Via Flaminia, (a street outside Rome). An elegant place to have a glass of wine.
Meticulous sounds cute, especially when children pronounce it
I love the word mellifluous. It’s purty
If you’re willing to overlook the less than beautiful connotations, ‘chlamydia’ sounds lovely
I personally think that ‘kudos’ is one of the ugliest words, though.
My favorite words would be aalii and eclectic
By far, the best word is MELLIFLUOUS!!!!! It just flows off your tongue… and besides, it’s meaning is even relevant.
most hated mispronunciation: Let me axe you a question. HaHaHa
second most hated mispronunciation, (is it a Valleygirlism ?):
Shtrong, shtrange…..hello, there is no “h” in all those words…
its sort of a fad.
Whatever happened to “marigold”?
Only a few years ago there was a huge poll, and “marigold” was voted as the favourite word.
I love it, but I also love many, many other words.
THAW, for instance, is one of my favourites; as a matter of fact, almost all words starting with TH are, but “thaw” is a notch above all others.
SILENT is also beautiful.
Interestingly, I too love the word TAWDRY that was mentioned by another commentator.
BELL is a beautiful word, as are most words ending with it – but BLUEBELL is to die for.
One of my favourite series of words (phrases) is BATS IN THE BELFRY.
I love it so much I am thinking of writing a novel with that title just so that I can use it next to my own name…
Come to think of it, BELFRY is marvellous when used alone, too.
There are many more, of course, but there’s also quite a few that I cannot stand, especially when I see them in writing: MASSIVE, for example. Or PEEVE (especially in combination with PET).
Speaking of which, my personal bete noire is BIT, especially the term A BIT, but most especially when misspelled ABIT.
There are – literally – no words to describe how grating I find it.
Another reader’s comment about “compatibility” got me thinking that there are also some words that I cannot stand – but only when I see them in writing and misspelled: COMPATABILITY is one.
DEFIANTLY – used as a malapropism, instead of “definitely” (oh yes, it happens!), is another one.
ALOT (written improperly, as one word) is a third one.
P.S. Somebody commented that “moisten only sounds unpleasant to the ladies”.
Not at all. I am a “lady”, and I LOVE the word “moisten”.
As for people responding favourably to their own name when mentioned in conversation (as one reader commented): that has little to do with the sound of, or even the individual’s love for, the name. It’s an acknowledgement of presence. That’s all.
I would even venture the opinion that very many people dislike their own names.
I, for example, DETEST the name that was given to me by my parents (and no, it’s not Bluebell ).
My favorite words would be atchoo.
A insightful post there mate ! Thank you for posting !
“Rhapsody” has always been my favorite, it has a beautiful meaning and when you say it, your tongue barely grazes over your mouth.
i am jawad i am very exited i want to improve my english want to speak good sound and good skill it is my destination to skeak good and flounce english
Ephermeral is a perfect word; it’s so pretty!
demijohn or amor and psyche
To the one commenter who mentioned the word “irregardless”, that actually isn’t a word. “Regardless” is what should be used. Using the former is a common mistake, however. My favourite word is moxie.
YOU ARE ALL WRONG!!!!!! IT’s ABSOLUTLY, MAN!!! Oh, and moist and Ephermeral and bubbly and Rhapsody and everyone else’s comments except for that celery guy, dude, celery is not even good LOOKING(tastes fine, though) XDDDDDDDD GREAT comments everyone!!!
that’s all I have to say.
I personally think that the most beautiful words in the english language is pandemonium and turmoil. the worst words are nice, happy, wet and stick
I love the words apocalyptic and vixen. They just roll of my tongue.
My favourite words are May and June. They are pretty girl names and remind me of summer, flowers, ripen fruit and butterflies.
My favorite words are:
I don’t know, I really like the sounds of them but I`m not sure if I would argue that they are beautiful.
mellifluous … one of sweetest sounding and melodious words in English.
I’ve always had a penchant for “collectivism”–Objectivists close your ears!
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WORD IS “BEAUTIFUL”.
A favourite of mine is the word “odd”, oddly enough! “Idiosyncrasy” is another.
Eyelashes is the most beautiful sounding word…
I adore the word luxurious. I detest the word milk. It sounds like gagging.
I believe that ’symmetry’ is one of the most amazing and beautiful sounding words. It’s meaning is perfect, and it’s sound is perfect.
words that appeal to me:
spectrum – smart sounding
vulgar- I like saying the ‘ul’
annoying funny words:
I am sure the worst word in the English language must be ‘flesh’. It makes me squirm just to think about it. However, I love ‘floppy’. It’s great. When I’m tired I always tell people I feel floppy.
In considering this entry, I’m assuming the words would have been pronounced with a British accent, at least by Tolkien anyway. It does indeed have a pleasing sound if I imagine it spoken that way (“sellah doh” approximately) In an American or Candian English accent, “cellar door” is not as mellifluous (“seller dor”). Now that I think about it, the word mellifluous itself might be a contender!
I think “squirt” is the most unpleasant-sounding word.
And, I think that “moist” can be followed by “and delicious” and rouse imagery of a savory dessert.
I disagree with moist. You can have a moist chocolate cake, but the worst word in the English language is seepage.
My favorite is melancholy
sounds excellent to me. Seems like sounds like short ‘e’ and the ‘oo’ in food come up a lot.
Just the way it sounds and the image it conjures in my mind.
I hate the word “crack” and like “gloss” and “cobble.”
Most cetainly silhouette.
I love the words “eloquent,” “panacea,” “illuminate,” and “breathe.” They all just sound very clean.
It bothers me to no end when people misspell “breathe” as “breath.”
Most beautiful-sounding? “QUIVER” in addition to my all-time favourites, the already-quoted “SERENDIPITY” and “MYSTICISM”– beautiful both in sound and meaning, worth lingering over every syllable!
Grossest? “PREPUCE” and the already mentioned “SMEGMA” with “SCROTUM” erm…… running them close!
Phrase-wise, hard to beat the awkwardly pedantically euphemistic and even patronizing sound of “ANIMAL HUSBANDRY”.
ALL the submissions I have great enjoyed– one great idea to invite them. Many thanks!
Beautiful words: excelsior, veranda, prix fixe, thoroughfare
As expected of those who frequent a dictionary website, the majority of comments contain superior suggestions for “best words” and many of the hated words leave no question as to why they are so, although I think compiling a “worst words” list would be far more difficult. It seems too difficult for most people to divorce a word from its meaning to evaluate it fairly. Surely there would be perfectly lovely words denied their rightful place on the list but, contrariwise, I believe far too many otherwise innocent words would be condemned for their meaning alone.
Anyway, I was pleased to see halcyon and a little surprised to see so much hate for ‘moist’ across the board. I was also interested to see that Kevin noted that a majority of women seem to hate ‘moist’ so vehemently, as the thought had immediately crossed my mind as well. (Apologies to the “Neurolinguistics Tom” for that.) I will not presume to know why nor will I use this space to pontificate on the reasons for it, but it shouldn’t take a great deal of thought for any adult to formulate a hypothesis. While we’re on the subject of words that women seem not to like very much, I have to say I’m surprised to see no one nominated “cunt” as one of the ugliest words, although I have no objections to it personally. The word “crotch,” on the other hand, sounds ugly, looks ugly, is awful to pronounce, and is the most unflattering name anyone could possibly use to describe what’s between a woman’s legs.
I must agree with Katia about oligarchy and also wonder why no one suggested treacle, which I find to be wholly displeasing, both to hear and to enunciate.
cacophony is the funniest word to say!!!!!! Beautiful is a beautiful word, along with love!
Tallulah. It means ‘leaping water’ and is the name of a waterfall in Georgia. Tallulah Falls.
Worst word ever? MOIST. Can’t even bring myself to say it when necessary.
i tend to like the word illuminati , ironically, i hate the cult
My fav word is “havoc” cuz it’s fun to say
“Havoc” is also my least favorite word… say it reeeeaaaaally slowly….
My favourite words are ‘haberdashery’, ‘awesome’ and ’snooze’
I rather like the word ‘lustrous’, myself. ‘Splendid’, ‘melancholy’, and ‘porcelain’ are up there as well. ‘Moist’, I will agree, is a terrible sounding word, along with ’squelch’ and other wet sounding onomatopoeia.
icing.. always brings about images of white icing and silver balls…
I don’t know why, but every time I say panini or banana, I just can’t help but smile. Also, rendezvous, mermaid, ballistics, soliloquy and illiterate are very cool words.
I personally believe allure, moon, and epiphany are all beautiful words.
Everytime I hear allure I smile.
I agree with Mark Antony. I would like to vote ‘Eloquent’ as the most beautiful word in the English language!
i love the word floosey
For some reason…”fleeting”. I don’t know why I love the word “fleeting”, but to me, it just feels like comfort and longing.
Oooh, longing. I like that one too.
But I somewhat agree with the hate towards “moist”. I really hate it when they put that on cake mix boxes, “Extra Moist”. Now, talk about glittering generalities. Basically, “Ultra Dank” is the same, correct, according to it’s denotation. However, “Extra Moist” is supposed to sound better.
Nope. Not to me, at least.
However, back to beautiful words…
The word “Kismet” is a new favorite of mine. It means “fate and destiny”, and besides, kismet is just so fun to say. I also love the names of certain colors. “Cinnabar” “Indigo” “Vermillion”
And then, oh gosh, “Renegade” is how I believe you spell it. It rolls off the tongue and brings a strange feeling.
Just my two cents. This was a GREAT post!
I really like the word ‘rendezvous’ along with ‘melancholy’ and ’silhoutte’. I like the way they sound; plus they’re fun to say^^.
Cyclical and Swedish are my favorite words also, Hullabaloo, Soliloquy and Crimson are in close second
Least favorite word ever is either Ointment or Crotch
Celadora is officially going to be a possible name for my daughter haha
My tastes may seem wierd, but I love words that have the ‘X’ sound in them, like excel. Accelerate is nice too. Most ‘X’ words are names, though, so too bad. Amethyst is a pretty word, and I love to say ‘Excalibur’, but I can’t find a use for it! EXCALIBUR!…?
Anyone heard of ‘Atropos’ or ‘Chun’nan’? I love all the names of the parts of the broken world on Sonic Unleashed! Surely some Sonic fans agree with me?
As a non native english speaker, i think my modest contribution to this thread may be of interest.
First, I really dont think the word ‘diarrhea’ ever had been chosen by the French as the most beautiful word (i’m french btw) cos in my language its spelt nearly the same (and does sound really bad in french, dee-ah-ray), so unless we had to hear it only (and yes it sounds quite nice in english i agree) we wouldnt definitely choose it if diarrhea was on a sheet… of paper.
Ok so now here are my fav & worst list:
fav english word: PARADISE / CANOPE
fav country name: VENEZUELA
fav first name: ALYSON
funniest to say: PALOOKA & BUCAROO (even if i have no idea what they mean) and NEBRASKA (pronounce it with a russian accent and you will lol)
worst english word: BRAT (sounds a bug or something)
worst Country name: FRANCE / HUNGARY
worst first name: TRISH, sounds harsh and means cheating (in games) in french.
most difficult to say: MISCELLEANOUS
Discombobulated is a good word. and authentic.
the worst word is manky
i love saying the word indubitably haha or surreptitious my most favorite words!
Chlamydia and jezebel. Pretty words with negative connotations.
In my opinion rhetoric is the most beautiful word
Subtle! Breatest word ever.
I always felt that Microsoft handed us all a beautiful and inadvertent poem when they announced the handful of fonts to be included with the Vista OS:
Cambria, Calibri, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel
Each one beautiful in its own right; together they create a rhythmic enchantment, a witch’s mysterious spell.
“Cellar door” phonetically equals= “C’est l’adore”. In french, “This is love”.
Everyone seems to have forgotten HONEY, its the sweetest sounding word, and VIOLET is the most alluring.
‘ingardium leviosa’ the spell that germione says in harry potter! lol.. well alright it’s not english, english i like saying: cozy, sanctuary, exotic, revelation, and many more i can’t think of right now…
i love the word bonjour
Just as a not, the spell that Hermione (not germione) says is Wingardium Leviosa
I think one of my favourite words would be ‘tesseract’ (is that how you spell it?) from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. When you say it, it feels like it’s a weight rolling along your tongue and off the tip of it
I love every word
that I can Stanzate with
I Do Not and Do Not
like to use But and And in my poems
I feel it ends my sense.
Comeuppance is the best word no doubt.
i think pork is the worst word ever. sounds like a drain being unclogged.the sound of yellow always leaves me with a unpleasant sticky feeling for some reason.although the color yellow isnt unpleasant. i think all the words suggested for the nicest word are all really nice sounding i havent read all the comments yet, so im not sure if anyone has suggested pork yet. and i apologise for spelling mistakes and things like that… my english isnt all that good
supercalifragelistikexpialadocious is obviously the best word.
As far as beautiful goes though Serendipity is my favourite. Although I like the sound of melancholy.
Wisteria has always been my favorite word…long before there was a “Wisteria Lane”. It all depends on, of course, the accent or dialect of the person saying the word. However, wisteria starts with a whispy whisper and ends with a melodical “ah” and right in the middle it is punctuated by a “tear”. It has a flow that is musical to me.
By the same token, “puce” sounds just gross and boring to me. “Puce”, one syllable that can bring to mind all sorts of gross thoughts.
Now, I am trying to use words only based on their sound. I think most people here are influenced by the word’s meaning. Imagine not knowing what a word meant and hearing it. True story – somewhere in the world today, there is a girl with the middle name of “Placenta”, simply because her mother heard it and thought it sounded lovely. Really, it’s a true story.
Just wanted to express appreciation for everyone else’s brilliant, unique, surprising, and evocative comments here. truly a pleasure to read, consider, and savor.
I like to describe myself as a “Wordie” (reference “Foodie”; I love words and language) — I’m entertaining myself on my lunch hour by slowly reading through this post…
This, especially, made me laugh out loud (courtesy of JoeJoeBloggs):
“…I always really enjoyed hearing the locals say “liquor store”. It reminded me of having a cat sit on one’s chest and gently pat one’s face.”
there are far too many fantastic words for me to choose One Best. However, relish is particularly top-of-mind today, as in, “I relish the submissions of my fellow wordies”. (a sentence which happens to feel pretty good in the mouth)
Grandiloquent is a beautiful word.
I wish people would get over their obsession with he/she and -ess endings. I certainly never minded being called waitress. If someone had called me a waitperson I would have burst out laughing at the absurd stiltedness of the word. I am not ashamed of being a woman nor do I mind that people can figure it out by adding the suffix -ess to a word. And in my humble opinion, saying he/she just adds unnecessary awkwardness to language.
I like illustrious, luxurious, luminescent and embellish
I love the word “succulent”! And words that end in “erb”. “Herb,” “superb,” and “verb,” among others.
Oh, and “sublime,” “lime,” and “lemon” or “lemonade”. All names of fruit in general.
Oh, and “ice,” “savor,” “scroll,” “paper,” and other writing words like “ink” or “pen” or “pencil”. I like a lot of words! “Mountain,” “candy,” “sweet”…the list goes on.
Language is a lot of fun. You can bend the laws and use good metaphors and similes, using interesting words, improving my vocabulary…I love learning about the different aspects of language and the true meaning of words—I wish the word “awesome” hadn’t been ruined. It’s an, er, awesome word.
I think swoon is a lovely word. It sounds just like it means, too. It’s so light and seems to just float off the tongue.. And I love the “oo” sound. It’s delightful!
I think balmy is beautiful. Also, there is a facial muscle called the buccinator which is a name I simply adore.
A/c to me exaggeration is the gross-sounding word in the english language because of its beauty in speaking , writing and also in its meaning.
Clearly, the word of choice must be “mellifluous”.
i was going to say mellisonant! ha ha WHAT A “COINCIDENCE!” Or is that an example of “situational irony?…”
Malice, melancholy, and valor all sound the most phonetically pleasing to me. I also like most words that have “cel” in it, it sounds really pretty. “Celerity”, for example. As long as it doesn’t sound hissy (the s sound of the c), it’s fine.
The latin word “caelum” is pretty too.
Some euphonious words in my opinion are, cacophony, superfluous, lyrical, cellar, celery, cedar, luminescent, phosphorescence, miscellaneous, silhouette, meander, supercilious, crisp, soliloquy, sprite, mystic, melodious, and more that I’ll probably think of randomly at 3:00 in the morning.
I dunno maybe melancholy
I’m gonna have to go with “armor.”
It has the capacity to be gross when saying it with a super-square American accent, but with any other sort of accent or by softening your consonants, it becomes SO BEAUTIFUL…
Armor…and it looks beautiful too.
It’s a very deep red word, with flecks of silver (silver like armor itself).
-memory (not mem’ry, but meh-muh-ree)
-Tzi Tzi (like the deadly African fly!)
There’s so many more!!
As for my LEAST favorite words,
top five are
moist, flesh, mucus, bulbous, and Groats (part of the name of a restaurant).
Armour is euphonious….
worst words – Puce……and with a runner up of Moist (previously mentioned)
further thoughts: PUCE………..do not think of the literal meaning or defination in your mind…..just say it……
My favorite word is “erudite”.
Serendipity has been my favourite word since I saw the movie. I guess I’m just a romantic.
“Milwaukee” sounds very nice, milk-&-cookie like, makes also one think of Milan Duomo and Milan Kundera.
Sorry to go off subject a tad but my favorite person’s “name” is Robert Leblanc. (the “c” is is silent – French name)
The reason is I knew this guy (Bob) Leblanc who had the gift of gab.
Henceforth; when you say his name it sounds like …. Blah Blah Blah
Henceforth — now there’s a word I hate!
I love the word, boulevard. Always have, always will! Thanks.
the most disgusting word in the entire english language is….
Love,joy- are few best words.
The MOST AWESOME word to say is definitely ‘Discombobulate’ Makes me smile every time…
Has anyone said ‘candelabra’ yet? Maybe not the prettiest, but not bad
Is everyone forgetting about “scrumptious”?!?!?!
I have often thought the word salacious to be beautiful. The way the mouth forms around the s then the vowels and so forth. I think that is why I dislike the word food. It is either staccato, a verbal door stop to be tripped over, or elongated and you end up sounding bovine. Fooooooood. Either way it was no redeeming qualities in its sound.
Most beautiful words to me are
“gossamer ” ” twilight ” “aromatic” ” ambrosia” “melancholy”
“copasetic” ”melodie” “luminous”
Words I dislike the sound of are “asinine ” “boonies” “urban” “woodpecker”
I think it’s crimson
silhouette is heaps nice:)
phosphorescence (sound and meaning)
realm, bless, gorgeous, ethereal, melancholy
worst word: f-word, sounds gross
I like flabbergasted, indeed, infinite, pivotal, preposterous and brouhaha : )
I like the words castle (pronounced ca-sl, not car-sl),
abbey sounds and looks nice,
catalyst, leaves and whilst.
But best of all- feline
Audacity has always been one of my favorites to say!
I like words with s sounds and lots of vowels like celestial or sassafras.
I think the ugliest word is gunk.
It seems that words like “voluptuous” and “mellifluous” were invented to reflect the very beauty of their meaning. Same goes for the name Guinevere.
Wow, I do agree with what many of you said, namely with “erudite” being a very pretty word (it’s one of my favourites) and “phlegm” and especially “smegma” being among the most gross-sounding.
Other words I really like are crescendo, sinister, clandestine, chrysalis, purloin, and sylph. I also have a penchant for the word penchant. “Tryptophan” is kind of fun to say as well, although my spell-check doesn’t recognise it as a word. But I think my favourite word of all is “prestidigitation”. Fun to say, and fun to perform as well!
Other words I DON’T like to say (or hear) are: undine, exacerbate, disembowel, grouse, and cecum. Rapier is another one–I like what it means, but the word sounds like it’s really made to violate someone…
I can’t pick the most beautiful sounding word because there are so many. I do like velvety but it’s just an example.
What I do like is how the english language has so many different words for the same thing. It can be a problem for someone trying to learn. A Spanish woman was terrified of the words “beach” and “sheet” because she was worried they would be swearwords. I explained context to her and most of those words are said in anger.
I like the word incognito. that or indubitably, those are words that if find fun to say, so in turn, i think they are the most beautiful. thats just the way my mind works.
I like melancholy, symphony, mountain, spontaneous and ethereal.
I don’t think moist is too bad. It’s not pleasant, but it’s not cringe-worthy either. I think pus or gyrate are more disturbing…
I love to say “whisper”. It begins with the whispery ‘wh’ sound and ends with an equally whispery ‘per’.
‘Serendipity’ always makes me smile, but ‘whisper’ feels like a long-awaited nibble of really expensive, dark chocolate.
ointment is more disturbing than moist. my intention isn’t to offend, but to illuminate here when I add that “c*nt ointment” was voted the worst combination of words while i was in college. i feel so dirty even writing it; apt to apologize when asked
my favorite word is dude. my favorite phrase is “is that right”
Glacier, when said in a British accent. (Glay-see-uh)
Cinnabar. Thats nice.
Juliette, Jane, Elizabet (without the H), and Lichtenstein (a small country in Europe) are my favorites along with Luftwaffe which I just think is fun to say…
an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust, sometimes cited as one of the longest words in the English language some 45 characters in length.
I also enjoy the following:
somnolence, narcolepsy, somnambulism, insomniac & <= ampersand
Shalom is a nice word and a lovely greeting as it means peace as well as hello.
Ebony is a fun word for the tongue and lips.
Writing the word utility in cursive is fun.
I had a good time reading the comments.. these are some of the words i found dulcet:
@Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -eloquently well-said. English as a language has innumerably beautiful words which, reading them one by one, can trigger a host of memories and sensations, delightful to experience and recall.
Personally, I love the words lovely, demure, dusk, iridescent, rose, faerie, poetry, whimsical, hazel, wend, grey, and many, many more.
Words are glorious, and for the most part the “sound” of words gives clues to their meanings in an abstract way. Shakespeare (or rather, Juliet)contends “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” -but that has more poetic than actual truth.
Gonorrhea. It’s a truly beautiful word, even if the meaning is unpleasant. And ululate is my second choice.
Magnolia and edited
Chemical, livid, sinister, electrical, and solar are the most beautiful, in my opinion.
I really like mellifluous, and melancholy melody. Etheral and phospherescence are nice too. c:
I dont really like insidious, because i always want to say “insiduous”.
moist is ok, I like the way it looks written. I actually hate the word sexy (not the meaning) because I feel like my tounge catches on the X.
There are a few great suggestions in the comments (I liked succulent, mellifluous and silhouette to name a few.) I think the word “insidious” suggested by someone has beautiful spelling, although I can’t really say I care for the pronunciation.
Personally I began to think of “nebulae” somewhere halfway through reading these marvelous comments. I really adore the scientific terms that end with “ae” instead of “as”, but if it doesn’t really have a meaning behind that particular choice of spelling, I don’t quite like it as much. Also, I love it when french tidbits are used, like “per se” and “au contraire”. Probably goes so well with English due to it’s close connections language wise, and just a little bit makes it all so much more poetic.
I think beautiful words for me normally mean medium long ones (like voluptuous and marvelous), and ones with two identical consonants right next to each other, as well as when two different vowels are places next to each other. I don’t really like words that sound too soft, or too hard. Example of a “too soft” sounding word: harmony. Example of a “too hard” sounding word: turret. It has to have some kind of edge, but also a “flow” somewhere in the word, and preferably shouldn’t end with a “too hard” sounding consonant.
My favourite word to say is “brilliant.” Brilliant SOUNDS brilliant. It’s light, crisp and nice on the tongue. Makes me think of the song of robins at 6 in the morning.
My favorite name of all time is Olivia DeHaviland.
It’s beautiful and fun to say!
I think ’serendipity’, ’serene’, and ’serenade’ are the most beautiful sounding words. They automatically send a calm, peaceful image to my head.
Phonetically, I like “Serene”.
celandine, sapphire, seraphim
Personally, I like the words ‘menagerie’ and ‘celestial,’ along with ‘valkyrie,’ ‘preposterous’ (it’s fun to say), and many others I can’t think of right now
Limpid and lissom are two of my favourites. And for some reason I do not like the word succulent at all.
I think the most beautiful word in English is lullaby.
I have a friend who loathes the word “moist”.
Beautiful, translucent, diaphenous, winsome, ancient, zenith, treasure, golden, handsome, glow, butterfly, and peace are my favorites
Favorites: crystal, zinfandel, love, queen, orange, bell, angel, lush
Least favorites: pus, molest
I’m another person who doesn’t mind the word ‘moist.’ It makes me think of cake, and I love cake!
On the other side of the coin the
word for “Physical Beauty”
Hands downs wins- give me another— folks ENJOY
I like “Little Italy” better than “cellar door.” Especially when PJ Harvey trills it in the song “Good Fortune.”
I’m quite sure nobody mentioned a delicious, perfectly gorgeous and drop-dead sexy word which I have recently adopted as my current favorite: ‘deliquescence’. It refers to a process of ‘melting away’. I got this lovely word from Rob Kyff (the Word Guy). The sad thing is that I have not yet found an opportunity to CASUALLY toss it into a conversation.
wisteria, lithe, pueblo
For me the most lovely word is: Fiona
most awful sounding is : Brobdingnagian
Entropy has to be a good one… Personally, i quite like the word Moist. Unless said by someone with a lisp. Crimson is up there. But. My favourite word hands down. Decimate.
Worst word is!
Perhaps. Wishy washy piece of excrement. Its on the fence and annoying. Plus i get the idea of a person with a big nose and big glasses being all haughty and going. “hmmmm… Perrrhaaaps…”
i think the best word is angel hope or moon!
Hey alejandro its spelled supercalifragilisticexpialidoucious
Noodle. I love saying that word. I love saying Sicily, too. Sicily. So pretty.
I like saying Wiggle it’s just fun Or you know the word Twit XD
My favorite word is YES!
I think the ugliest word is finger. Horrible, horrible sounding word. Vinegar also – very similar really. I don’t like V. It’s my least favourite letter and I rarely like words or names with V in them.
My fave word I’m not sure about. I love pamphlet, because it sounds like a baby pamph.
Seafoam!!!! Tangerine!!!! Plum!!!! Canary!!!! and… GOD!!!!!!!!!!
Indubitably=the greatest word ever!!
-Incinerate (personal fav! )
-”Moist” isn’t so awful as you people say it is. It makes me think of cake.
I think that while my favorite word is a bit on the harsh side of sound, candelabra is a very nice looking word. Loquacious is my favorite sounding word.
^_^ Charisma is definitely the best word ever conjured!!!
And it is very easy to introduce into a conversation!!
One of it’s meanings is “a special personal quality or power of an individual making him capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people” and it roles off the tongue so pleasantly.
Especially when you say the Spanish translation “Carisma”.
I challenge all of you go to Google translate and type “Charisma” in the left side translate to whatever language you choose and trust me it will sound so pretty!!! ^_^
Worst word ever, and i just realized i used it is >**<
1. i always spell it wrong the first time i write it
2. Just say it to yourself a couple or more times maybe even record yourself then listen to and decide if you officially hate the word too…..shake my head
Loverly (you classic lovers appreciate that!)
Maybe it’s because I’m listening to the Pixies, but “velveteen” has to be up there. “Shastasheen” isn’t a word, but it’s another beautiful, expressive phrase.
Chimera is nice
Opaque and wysteria are my favorites c:
The worst in my opinion is bludgeon
why is it that people, and especially women, find the word moist to be so offensive and gross. It must have something to do with it’s meaning or association because the sound of saying it isn’t particularly abrasive to the ears.
my most beloved word is nostalgia. ^.^
and also maybe crystals. Aren’t they just pretty .
bazooka it sounds awesome
my favorites are nibbje,joccular,twilight,dusk,
my alltime fav word is evergreen. it sounds so fresh and foresty and it also sounds like a promise, like the earth sais it will always be green. its a word that i would say grap the words sow them together and make a quilt out of it.
The word ‘illusion’ sounds cool!
I love lyrical and cascading.
The prettiest-sounding name is angel, pronounced in the spanish way: ahn-hell.
Hurdle is definitely a gross word.
Velvet by far is the mostest awesomest word
My favorite words are crisp and frothy. Not together of course! Perhaps the connotations or the multisensual feelings that come with these words are what hits that spot in me that says “this is definitely my favorite!”
incredible, beautiful word, huh?
Chrysalis is my favorite.
Funny…The word ‘moist’ is cited as gross early in these comments. In the short lived TV series,’Dead Like Me’, the lead character’s mother,named JOY,despises and forbids the use of the word,’moist’. So the lead character,a young woman ,who has died,haunts her mother after death,by spelling the word with letter magnets on the the fridge in the family kitchen !
soliloquy is mine
Quixotic or lucifugous.
chandelier is the most beautiful sounding word for me
I loved the word alacrity when I first read it in one of Silvia Plath’s poems.
Best girls name – Francine …worst word – Lousy.
…and the two came together for me in 7th grade. Bitter-sweet it was!
“Succulent” is pretty good. Another favorite is “manifestation”.
I like azure and dolce. (dawl-che)
Deliquesce sure melts off the tongue. (No pun intended.)
BEST: ETHEREAL, JEZEBEL, EFFERVESCENT, COLLOQUIAL, COQUETTISH
WORST: KUMQUAT… how has no one said kumquat yet??
I disagree with people who hate on the “oint” words. A beautiful word is anoint. He has anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. I love that sentence. I also like the word temporary. Also philosopphy. And Persephone from the Greek myth. Geek is a pretty word and also Greek. Call me crazy, but I like the word crazy!
Jezebel was a terrible woman in the Bible who did witchcraft and worshipped baal (a false god) and used ashera pole.
I would like to point out that “cellar door” is two words, not one. Since this word-hunt is for the most beautiful-sounding word in English by definition “cellar door” would be excluded. Now at the start of this article the writer plainly stated that “many language experts believe ‘cellar door’ is the most euphonious PHRASE in the English language”. Of course the bungling writer then equated it to a word and stumbled on into other assorted vagaries not worthy of repetition.
To claim “cellar door” as the most euphonious PHRASE in the English language shows the “language expert” proponents to be aficionados of the seriously damaged busted-up euphonium with leaking squeaks and wailing flat notes of low quality.
The PHRASE “cellar door” evokes anticipation, good or bad. On the one hand macabre doings beyond the “cellar door”, murder afoot, walling up a seeker of a cask of amontillado, Frankenstein and friend etc. One the other buried treasury, escape, coolness on a hot day, a wife tumbling down the dark cellar stairs, and other joyous memories.
I had a friend who told me of his anticipation with their cellar door and what it hid from view. His parents warned him to never open the cellar door as it was always kept padlocked. One day he found the padlock was off, and he flung open the cellar door in eager anticipation and hope. What he found was beyond his wildest dreams. He saw….tress…sunlight…grass…birds and much else. He never forgot it even when his parents padlocked the cellar door again when they found it open.
The most beautiful-sounding word in English is “dog” and it is easy to spell.
It’s my wife’s name.
Ashley, Emily, Caity, Aidan, Mallory, Zoe.
My favorite word is “Evidently”
well guys my favorite sweet sounding word would be “sagacious”
Epiphany reminds me of a trumpet fanfare. Moist, on the other hand, well…
Many words seem beautiful because of the association with their defination. The word I always heard was the most beautiful sounding was, “cellar door”. OK, it’s two words.
I really like the word zephyr… reminds me of the warm summer days to come.
well mine is illusion, mesmerizing
Mellifluous is very pretty…a mellifluous voice, etc.
really fun word to say: mangel-wurzel.
and one of my favorite words is definitely scuppernong.
Celladora sounds like a wizarding name (yes I have been reading Harry Potter.) the cellar door thing came up in my English class last year. we were talking about cadence.
more pretty-sounding words:
fiendish (the word itself is fiendish)
and the name Celebrian. (from Lord of the Rings)
“Egyptian” is cool too.
musical terms are pretty too…maybe because they’re musical?
tuba! and flugelhorn is kind of a funny word.
The most beautiful-sounding word in English, according to me is:
……………………………” R E L A T I O N S H I P ” ……………………………
peeps( short for people for those that don’t txt daily) that is so cool that ur telling us wat ur fav word is. mine is grenada and acapela.
also infidelity (sorry if its spelt wrong)
what an interesting exercise… i think many suggestions are based on the meanings of the words or phrases, however, and not just their phonetic appeal… not taking meaning into account, i came up with ‘celestine’ perhaps as an nice one, and for those who aren’t into the ’s’ sound as much, maybe ‘lemondrop’…? and just for the flipside, one of the grossest sounding words, in my opinion, would be ‘carbuncle’… eww…..
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: clitoris.
I think the two beautiful words are:
Love (because of its meaning) and
English (because it covers every word there is in the english language)
I know this sounds really silly but It is MY opinion NOT someone elses!!!!!!!
twas invented by shakespeare and means a chattery/flighty woman
i love it for both its sound and meaning
Melody. Just say it out loud.
….there’s so many wonderful words
I think that Subtle, Mellifluous, and Demure are excellent choices of vocabulary. Broken and Shatter are beautifully pronounced and I love how it rolls off my tongue and how I have to have an intake of breath to say Broken.
I would have to agree that moist does sound kinda disgusting but it does matter what sentence it is in. If it was in a nice sentence structure that made me think of rain and water then it is okay.
Cascade is also a nice word. The way it is spelled has a nice ring to it.
I feel loquacious, serendipity, enlightenment, and mellifluous are worthy of note. However, I would certainly agree that there are many wonderous words to choose from. Although, I do feel strongly about Mayhaps….
I love the word “satchel.” I like the way it sounds, and the way it rolls off my tongue.
Nothing sounds and looks prettier to me than ‘ashford’ ‘ashley’ ‘asher’..
other favs are myrtle, scarlet…
and ‘enjoy’ is the word I totally detest…
Personaly, I love saying Sycamore, euphoria, vendetta, and vertigo. I think they all roll off the toungue quite nicely. As for the grossest word I would choose clench, yak, or curdle.
my favorite word is thingymagiginanizer. the worst word is moth.
still cant spell enterprenure.(you get my drift) my favorite word has to be quagmire…
Fart is the most beautiful word.
It rolls off the tongue. (yum!)
I think “conundrum” is better than “serendipity”.
Puss is the grossest for me. Flesh is a close second.
I think that gossamer is the most beautiful word in all ways. It sounds beautiful and its meaning is precious!
*its meaning isn’t literally “precious”, gossamer means delicate, like a spider web.
I love the word cataclysm, even though the meaning isn’t so great…
Lackadaisical – I love it and use it far too often.
Amoeba – all round and sleek sounding, very comforting!
As a child I liked the word treacle before I knew what it meant. As a synesthete, my favorite word is nocturne…green,blue-ish clear, blue, dark brown, grayish clear, blue, green, orange. I noticed one other entry liked nocturne.
sorry to include brand names but always liked zambone and winnebago.
flobalot deserves an honourable mention!
Circuitous, minutiae, serendipitous, cantankerous, masticate…are fun to use in everyday language.
Oblivion, sirocco, ennui, cacophony, coquet, euphoria, irascible, nonpareil, rara avis, tete a tete, funk
Symphony is hands down, the most beautiful word in english
Pretty girl’s name: Assura
Assymptotically- To approach closer and closer, but never reach, infinity
How about “mellifluous”. After all, that’s what it means!
I love the word “lavender”
“celladora” is a really pretty word (too bad it doesn’t exist)
I think the prettiest name is Juilana
And I love hearing english people pronounce “strawberry”
Pixel is my personal fav
A few beautiful sounding words, in my opinion:
mandolin – I really can’t think of a more lovely word.
serendipitous – I try to use this at least once a day.
necrotizing fasciitis – a horrible thing, but it rolls nicely.
leprosy – also horrible, but sounds wonderful.
saffron (I guess I like words that begin with S)
A couple worst sounding words:
UNION says it all and is used everywhere ,from work, to our country to marriage, community,peace
I know it’s a gross disease, but the word “syphillis” is the most euphonious.
Army, worst word ever. Its a war machine. Peace, best word ever.
MOTHER – IS THE BEST WORD, BY ALL MEANS……
okay idk if anyone already said this but how can your favorite word not be… Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
“God” and “Jesus Christ” are the best. nuff said.
The most beautiful words to me are lacrimosa and agony. I know that their meanings are sad, put they sound beautiful.
Lullaby needs to be on the best list, don’t you think?
supercilious for most beautiful in sound, unfortunately less beautiful in meaning. (though i do like lullaby as well). “moist” is pretty bad, but i’d say “ointment” is worse.
i like lavender ,exquisite, or mirage
I really love the words “undermine” and “ecstatic”.
Without a doubt in my mind the word ” chocolate ” is the most beautiful word.Just to say the word slowly immediately congers up visions of the taste and texture as it melts slowly in the mouth ..
Have enjoyed reading all your word choices.
I like implaccable and singular.
The worst word in two categories is PUKE!
Singularly, it’s horrific sounding, and when coupled with its meaning, it’s doubly horrific!
Santa Lucia…… Can you see that I’m about to launch a travel website? Hahaha!
And ‘Valparaiso’ if you speak Spanish.
It is a place in Chile!
Amor, Allegria, y Abundancia ,
One more, I cannot help myself!
The Spanish word is ‘encaramelados’ ,
which absolutely describes the state
of being ‘in love’, like caramel melting
together into each other! Gorgeous, no?
The French expression, ‘Amour Fou’,
is a grand, yet more delirious, wild,
state of love as madness!
No more literary tangents, back to work!
Rimbeau, Rilke, and Rumi
I think one of the most fun words to say is ‘incompetent’.
My Favourite word is ‘perhaps’
the best word for me is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
My favourite word, both figuratively and literally, is ‘moonbeam’.
I will cast a vote for “free” as my favorite word. Everyone likes to get things for “free.” Everyone likes the idea of “freedom”. Most people try to live “free-spirited”.
Plonk is a very nice word to use.Simple,yet effective :
“Plonk yourself down by there good sir”
“I say,have you any decent Plonk in stock”
“Plonk me sideways”
I could go on,but I shant,I am too Plonked out.
Death is the most beatiful in all aspects
Iridescent. Cicatrix, only because I learned the word in Spanish first. Felicity. Pearlescent.
Mine is “cornucopia.” )
Benign is the most beautiful word!
Sesquippedaliophobia, both for it’s irony and the way it rolls off the tongue (once you learn to pronounce it correctly).
Serendipity is a word that I feel is up-lifting and “fun”. If I had to choose a word that i would describe as beautiful, it would definitely have to be bliss, because it is relaxing and seems to roll of my tounge easily.
The words “clover”…..”cinnamon” and “absinthe” are sexy sounding words that conjure up fantasy smells and tastes.
Someone mentioned onomatopoeia. Some of the better words are actually examples of it such as “susurrus” which is one of my favourites.
Gluteus Maximus. Sounds splendid, like an emperor on an elephant
Grossest sounding word is “snot”
my favorites are lollapalooza and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Mallomar. Whippet. Whist. Zymurgy.
sequoia, cheyenne, the goodies, Lady Di, mum, dad, all of your beloved’s
names, lullaby, holiday, milk, cuddle, hug, Heartbeat, lubdub, poochie-
woochie, soft, gentle, kind, temperance, patience, forbearance, easy,
peoples, souix, chapatti, ………..eloquent sufficiency………….
tea………sun-shower, peaceful, safe, warm, fruit trees and telescopes,
nurturing, understanding, deep, warm, familiar,
freedom, random, harmony, balance, fresh, rested, refreshed, water, berries, aqua, aquamarine, sunflowers, daises, snapdragons, forget-me-not, Chelsea flower show, colour, light, effervescent, bubbly, brook, stream, waterfall, day-dream, tipsy, kitten, garden, lawn, party, laughter, joy, optimistic,
botany, for rest [forest],
the irish gift of …..forgetfullness……..
Bono Voce……a well deserved, and earned gesture of admiration, and thankfulness
innocence [inner sense], relief, healing, salve [salvia], sage [words indeed], basil, minty, liberating, nibbles, sip, toasty, comforting, magical, dreamy, vanillary, pebbles, texture, aromatic, foggy, misty, friendly, well, wellness,
wellville, [the road to ]
“thank you, [kind sir],” in my humble opinion, you simply haven’t lived till you have heard those words, quietly voiced, with gratitude, sincerity, and relief……
a mulberry tree,
a buzz of daisy bushes,
a sway of sunflower fields,
a patch of pumpkins,
a promise of a warm spring, and a bountiful summer crop
the anticipation in the air at Wimbledon
the nature of junipers
the brewing of quinine in a tonic water
the fields of Barley
the tonic of lemon,
the juice of fresh citrus,
the unmistakable pop and fizz of Robinson’s Lemon Barley, Good and
epiphany and dawn are beautiful words
déjà vu – the most beautiful word!!!!
I just wanted to comment on Mari’s comment. Good form Mari. Truly, all of our opinions about the most beautiful, or grossest words in the English language – and therein lies the play – are superfluous. I always remember being in middle school and a friend saying ’super flous’ over and over in a conversation. I couldn’t figure out what he was trying to say. I made him write it down, and all was clear…
Oh, and, in pronunciation, I like saying the word ‘jointure,’ and ‘euphonious’ rolls off the tongue well…
‘Somniloquence’ is a pretty good one too…
There are so many lovely words on–on and not on this list. MY favorite word–by the sound–is “Mississippi”. This is not so for the Yankee (I am one, so don’t jump on me please!) pronunciation “Miss-iss-sippp-eee.”
Rather, I prefer a southern pronunciation that I have heard several times: “Mis-suh-si-puh, and said a bit faster that one would imagine (not like the Yankee version, which is quick and clipped), but with a southern drawl that is like honey . . . another nice word!
At the very top of my “I don’t like” words, I would put all those curse words . . . f***, sh**, and many, many others. You might ask why I dislike them? It’s because I think intelligent people (all of us, of course), should be able to express themselves more specificallly and appropriately.
Examples for “I don’t give a sh** about you.” Alternate possibilities are,
“I don’t care about you.” or
“I wish you would leave me alone.” or
“I would prefer not to be around you.” or, as children might say:
“I hate your guts.” What my Mom and Dad taught me that there are real, descriptive word to use instead of some of these. As an older adult myself now, I think they were right!
There are so many words we could use in place of the curse words, such as these for the sh** word: shucks, dislike, spurn, reject, repulse, disdain, repudiate . . . and many more! It never takes me long to come up with some of these alternate words instead of the curse word itself (which doesn’t tell people much except maybe that you’re mad).
Oh, yes, words are wonderful–miraculous, remarkable, and surprising! I love them!
melancholy is the sweetest word according to me…
i prefer lyrical and symphony
I like Inception.
Blithering/Blathering. (Which oddly mean much the same thing, and often, something which this commenter has been known to do – as Buzz Lightyear would say, “to infinity and beyond!)
Bringing me to my last for this list – I’m arbitrarily ending it, as it could go on forever…
I personally like the word Flabbergasted , especially when you say it with a British accent. it has a beautiful flow to it
HAHA! Whoever posted that spiel about insidious….! My favorite sounding word has always been Flamingo. It’s perfect. FLA – like flair or flab sounds nice. And then the mING in the middle, like sing or fling. And it’s ended off with a great yo-go sounding thing. I love it.
my favorite word is “soothe”.not only for its meaning but also phonetically it slips so easily off the tongue and lands so softly on the ear,,,its really soothing…the word “love” is also at the top of my list also
The words I like least of all(although they are not real English words they are often used by people who should know better)…irregardless and conversate.
I think laurel is a beautiful word. People pronounce the ‘aur’ part of the word like ‘or’ and ‘ar’ and both do sound appealing but I prefer ‘or’. Just say it. Laurel.
I also think glitter sounds nice too! I love to say it haha.
I love the word “wisteria.”
No way I’m synesthetic
And venezuela is silky and smooth to me. But purple is bumpy indeed
Best word ever: effervescence! Just try saying that. You’ll fall in love I guarantee it
eehhh…serendipitous is more of a funny sounding word to me (and a movie?)
The most beautiful words from the best to least best is:
Salubrious, Luminous, Perspicacity (with a pompous sound), mellifluous, notorious, magnanimous, and succulent. 8D
Supererogate is a cool one.
Cellar door cannot be the most beautiful word. You prove it by your respelling. You removed the first R, which is precisely what makes the word ugly. The sound -ar makes is the second ugliest sound in English, behind the nasalized eh that is spelled “in” in French. Door also only works if you do not elongate the R, and if you do not pronounce it as if it were spelled dore, which necessitates a harder R.
Cellar door is only remotely beautiful in a non rhotic language. But since the majority of English speakers are rhotic, it’s an irresponsible choice.
As someone else said, “cerulean” is a really beautiful word, it has a pretty sound and a soft visual. Messiah is another beautiful word with a beautiful meaning.
I like the name Dominic. I’m not sure what the origin is though.
I hate the word “definitely”! It’s a terrible word that slips out every once in a while, and I just despise it. “For sure” or even “absolutely” is preferred.
“Cellar door” is awful. So is “purple”.
What about ‘quagmire’? And velvet, seersucker and lush? All gorgeous…
comfortable is the word to beat…you should say it with the right accent
How about Lacuna? I always thought that was a beautiful word.
Trajectory is also fun to say
I don’t have a favorite word, but I do like ‘Paramount’.
I reckon those who dislike Moist haven’t met Mr von Lipwig. What’s not to love?
I love to say “whirling dervishes”!
Beautiful words = ethereal, regal, beautiful, lackadaisical
Elysian or Arcane or Divine
Obfuscate is my favorite, because it’s also perfect irony contained in a single word… so is saying the word “silence” aloud.
Yo, slather, moist, and Dirk, are the most gross sounding words. Ergo, “I wanna slather my moist Dirk on you” is nasty.
I believe that the worst word in the English language is “stupid”. It’s a bad word that belongs at the very top of “the bad word list” It can hurt more than all the others. Its a word that should be banned from the language. Unfortunately that would require that many “intelligent” people to stop using it and realize that saying it is actually a reference to themselves. The sound of the word itself is…well stupid! A few .best words………Creation…imagine…enjoyment…fascination….learn….and of course lollygagging… A
I really like the word cookie. It’s such a beautiful sounding word <3
“ripple”, “sizzle”, and “delicious”. don’t forget “whimsical” and “gorgeous”.
Gypsum. I love this word. Its like your lips and tongue flirt a little and then do a little cartwheel. See, you’ve said the word twice now, haven’t you, just to feel the cartwheel.
Emanated sounds beautiful. Who’s with me?
I love saying the word Curmudgeon (ker-muhj-uhn) Its a way of describing someone who is being stubborn, ill tempered and resentful,
“He is a grumpy old curmudgeon!”.
I know it’s got no pretty meaning, but is a nice word to say.
My 2nd vote would be Soliloquy.
emenate, luminecence, and glory all sound lovely to me.
i also like ”plink”
I agree with Emma, emanated is a beautiful-sounding word too. Er, at one point it kinda sounds like your name…. Also here are more beautiful-sounding words:
I like the word bizarre, it sounds really good.
janie likes the words: emasculate, splendid and fancy. not in the sense of like “thats a fancy purse” but in the sense of “i really fancy you”
awesome is mine!!!
I think “Calm” is the most beautiful word. Just saying it makes you feel light and carefree
Topography and a topographer
supercalifragilisticexpialicodious !!! need i say more ??
Don`t you think “lovely” is missing here.
Assuiduous and hectic are two other favorite words of mine.
I love the word ‘deliquesce’ – but not its meaning !
HAPPENSTANCE. MATTHEW. NATHAN. SERENDIPITY. AND I AGREE WITH CELLAR DOOR.
My favorite has always been plethera…just flows off the tongue.
I like to say mushroom
In my opinion, the most beautiful sounding English word is PENCHANT.
My favourite is “mellow”
Despite the meaning, I think schizophrenia is beautiful. Also anemone, adagio, and absinthe.
my favorite would haaave to be charisma (:
I love the words elusive, aplomb, plethora…I love learning new words in general!
Supercooling, oxygen, frostiness, Katarina, excitement, clasp, x-ray, galaxy, nebula, cornucopia, copper, aluminum, sparkle, saxophone, and joust.
Yeah, for some reason I really like the s, t, and x noises.
Also I would like to vote wet and psychologist as the two grossest sounding words.
I just realized, the words above have a very crispy and sweet taste, like apples. Actually, whenever I hear one or read one I taste apples and I hear that crunching noise you make when you eat one.
Ocean…definitely Ocean. I also love Moon, Mother, Earth, Lion, Dream, Wind, Whisper, Warmth. I think words like groin, breast and most anatomical words especially those describing both genders’ reproductive parts are just awful.
I love the word phosphorescent! I also really like the word lightning. It just feels good saying it. It’s also fun to say batholith! Try it!
Also, the most disgusting word is “cabbage”.
Serenity and blithe
I think that it is a bit inaccurate to say a word like Elysium or phosphorescence is actually English, since phosphorous is a scientific term and is therefore probably derived from Latin. I think if we only considered “real” English words (in other words, not using words directly derived from other languages), the results would be a little different.
P.S. I like the word “ergo” (even though it probably is derived from another language also)!
This article uses phrases such as “Tons of people…” which is incorrect, and “A user who says they are “mildly synaesthesiac” “- also incorrect since you are referring to one user.
Mercy. That’s my favorite.
My favorite word, hands down, is ‘illegality.’ You have to say it with somewhat of a British accent, though. xD
I agree with “crimson” and “meander” but I also enjoy the low hum of “home”, the delicacy of “amethyst” and the latin beat of “belladonna”, which doesn’t have to be said with an Italian accent to be beautiful.
Also, I don’t agree with “moist” being an ugly word, or being related to ugly things. I like moist things and places (forests, bread / cake, skin, earth / mud, air…) more than hard, scratchy dry things and places (skin, bread, earth / mud, carrots, vagina). Get your sterile minds out of the moldy, mildewy gutter and into the kitchens and kisses of your loved ones!
The word for me today is: Velvet…it is smooth…sensuous…serene.
I like the word ‘ moeity’ for its sound and concept.
I’m not certain whether our names for foreign cities, places, mountains, etc. are valid answers to this question, but if so, I love the sound of “Annapurna.” The word,“Annapurna,” when pronounced starts from the back of the throat as it breathes the mystery and majesty of the mountain it names.
Best word is a place name: Coeur d’Alene which is in Idaho which is also a nice name.
Worst word is also a name: Fotch. (When I get migraine headaches, hundreds of horrible law-firm names scroll through my head: Firkinshaw, Feggerslade, Festergool and Fotch, came to me that way.
Other nice names: Okavango, Sabi. But that’s because of memories attached to those places….
silver, mist, belle, harmony, honey…
and egypt is nice too
oh and definitely lavendar
My favorite words are Renaissance, valor (it just sounds so…noble), evanescent, and aubade.
My least favorite is ‘raunchy’ (shudder).
The word _susurrus_ is the most beautiful word.
Contraption, leopard, hornet, fabulous, imagine ,audience, hypnosis, nectar, majestic, are some of my favorite words. And also “Things”. It’s just fun to say.
Honorificabilitudinitatibus. Once you get it, you won’t stop saying it.
Worst – phlegm, gristle, moist, sinew, loaf, goiter, cud.
Best – delight, ampersand, parallelogram, lugubrious, salacious, effervescent, medulla oblongota.
Most beautiful words are the ones that can be whispered.
Like sugar, sunshine, and evanescence.
The worst words that grate against my ears are regurgitate, spinach and fart.
I agree, the coolest word anybody ever thought of is, supercalafragilisticexpealadosious.
But my all time fav isn’t an english word.
Chérie. This is one I love to whisper and hear whispered back.
I am particularly fond of the word pulchritude. Rather ironic since the word means external beauty.
Beautiful sounds alot like beautiful. Just sayin.
My absolute FAVORITE word in the English language is the word for the sound of ringing bells: tintinnabulate or tintinnabulation
To me, the sound of the word itself as spoken, is as beautiful a sound as what it means!
My favorite words in the English language have to be peace, love, harmonie and serenity.<3
My least favorite words have to be death, war and hate!!:(:@
***Btw whoever invented war must not have loved life and now he had to riun it for all of us.
desire… such a strong and beautiful word…
According to The Singing Detective (a Dennis Potter play), the most beautiful word in the English language is ELBOW.
It has to be the word “Mommy” Especially when hearing it said from the mouth of our children for the very first time.
Most beautiful: ricochet
Worst: Wiener (as in German sausage)
Beautiful words – soliloquy, shampoo, dazzling
i love the word “lavender”….
most beautiful word: serendipity
most awesome word: orfice
Most favourite/beautiful words of all time are: Aesthetics, Essential, Dissimilar, Contrast, Enthused, Architecture, Innovation and Accumulate
Least: Kranky, Crusty, Dog, Ferrit and Sticky
Coolest word is: Swag
I think kasi is the best because kasi brazil is the most beautiful girl ive ever seen
cornucopia, essence, justice, cookie, and Splendiferous is the best word in the English language hands down,
moon, death, life, air, water, “moo”, sky, eeeeeh! lol (yes, that was one of them)
Felony is an awesome word!
Good looking words:
Reminiscent or Reminisce
Renaissance or Renascent
symphony has to be one of the best
Mmm it makes me think of a lion made of chocolate def the prettiest word!
melody, ethereal, diaphanous
I think one of my favorite words is caress…
Mellifluous, diaphanous, and insouciant are my favorites!
I think the grossest word out there is churn…*shudders at its grossness*
The awesomest sounding words are gamete and epidemiological! i also think “antidisestablishmentarianism” is a fun word to say…..
(my sis just said the last two words and they sound nerdy )
My favorite word is blossoming. My least favorite word is diphthong.
i vote for candy! who else thinks so too?
To me, “pristine” is the most beautiful-sounding word in English. Perhaps once I became familiar with the word and its meaning, I associated the sound of the word with the definitions and connotations. But the WORD itself has always sounded pure, clean, unfettered, free from any contamination; the quintessential innocence or original state of purity.
I like the words ‘effervescent’ and ‘incandescence’. They sound so smooth when you say it, like still water that has a rainbow reflection…(:
“I love you” are the most beautiful words in any language.
I think serendipitous
In my opinion the most beautiful words in the English language are tellurium as well as Gaelic in addition to season and glockenspiel.
I am an ASL student, and was thinking of how this would translate into sign language. Is there one sign/word that is more beautiful than others? Or is it all in how you sign/say it? For example, one of the deaf students at my school was in my class today, and he was a marvelous signer, but there are definitely signs that are much nicer than others. I don’t really like the sign for “get,” but using certain signs the sentence “Imagine all the people” is very lovely.
I like the word “spectacular” I see lights, glitter, and bits of heaven when I hear that word. And why is “cellar door” such a euphonious word?
I remember in 9th grade in Jr. High School that cellar door was the most beautiful sounding word. I think that orange was also a popular word.
This was in 1961.. how long has cellar door been the most sweetest sounding word and who deemed it so?
charlotte, soliloquy, lavender, chaos, cherry… all lovely words. oh, and hope? THANK YOU for saying ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM!!!! That word owns. a-n-t-i-d-i-s-e-s-t-a-b-l-i-s-h-m-e-n…
My favorite word is moist.
And deja vu!!!
Fortress of Solitude; nevermore; the olden days of yore; forsaken;
My favourite word is ’synthetic’, ‘ember’, ‘eucalyptus’, ‘embellishment’, ‘gem’ , ‘deja vu’ and ‘lackadaisical’.
The worst ever word is diphthong (I actually just discovered it now, it sounds horrible)
I think some words sound nice or just euchh depending on their definitions.
Well those are my opinions and thoughts anyway.
plum! without a doubt its plum! or splendid. Isn’t that plum splendid? << that sounds good! x
My favorite word in the English language:
…regardless of the unfortunate associations in literature and cinema
Phonetically different, semantically similar, but beautiful in its own right:
Cephalopod, hands down. Great word. And its related creatures and other terms – mollusc, octopus, nautilus, and even squid!
My favorite word is pulchritudinous, it means beautiful.
Children or babies
I like the word…Onomatopoeia, its fun to say and spell *w*
“Pinguid” wins most beautiful word hands-down! say it, it feels so good
A lovely word I have read is “tintinnabulation,” meaning a ringing of bells. For speakers/aficionados of other languages, the French word “etoile,” which means “star” is beautiful as well.
I have to agree that “moist” is one of the MOST disgusting words ever, as is “bulbous.”
I’m late to this site, so I may have repeated others’ comments- my apologies. I have to say, I loved “Katydid’s” comments on the word “food.” Well said, and so true!
Other great words: “Maleficent-” the name of the evil fairy in SLEEPING BEAUTY. It has a terrible beauty, don’t you think? Also, “Nevermore” is a beautiful if melancholy word.
I adore the word “epiphany”. It’s so beautifully pronounced. I agree with Mt that “nevermore” is a lovely word as well, especially in poetry.
evanescent- meaning fleeting or vanishing; it’s sounds very dramatic.
asylum- mental institution; the different vowel sounds work nicely together.
mellifluous- smoothly flowing; it’s meaning seems to describe the word!
chaos/chaotic- disorder; I prefer the former becaus the sounds are so different yet work so well with each other.
melancholy- overwhemling grief; the word seems to have notes in it. Say it with these tones: low-high-low-lower
cinders- ash or burnt remains; it sounds very nice on the mouth.
sihlouette- shadow outline of a figure; I love the spelling and how it rolls off the tongue.
whimsical- wonderful or unpredictable; this words sounds like a little tune as well and I get the image of pure euphoria (that’s a nice one too) and joy.
sandalwood- the fragrance of specific Asian trees; I love the spicy smell to this incense and both the smell and the word give me warmth.
catastrophe- disaster; it’s such a beautiful-sounding word and I love the spelling as well.
gargantuan- huge or immense; this one is also a very dramatic word. I so seldom have a chance to use it in a sentence…
my favorite word.
The most beautiful-sounding word is “romance.” Not only does it sound good, the meaning behind it is beautiful!
Another gorgeously-beautiful name would be that of you beloved girlfried/boyfriend — unless you have been married for hundreds of years, then I’m sure you’d dread the name. haha
Other beautiful-sounding words are: “prosperous,” “money,” “terrific,” and “splendid.”
Yeah, “moist” is definitely the most gross-sounding word! As someone has already mentioned, “Anything following the word ‘moist’ won’t sound good.”
Muffins is the most beautiful
i gotta say, i love the word didgeridoo
“Cake” is an absolute terrible word. It’s so bad to say.
Personally I really like “prerequisite”. I love saying it. PREREQUISITE. It sounds so great.
I reckon “crackdown” is the most badass to say. It just explodes off your mouth.
“A user who says they are…”
Expected better from dictionary.com I did.
My favorite word is: supercalifrajilisticexpialidoushious
@ Alejandro: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!
My favourite is ‘adorable’. It just rolls off so sweetly!
I’m ok with ‘moist’; I just detest the words ‘penal’ and ‘penalize’ and ‘passion’. Yelch!
Without a shadow of doubt…. nice. >:P!
Summer, Sun, or Family.
One o’ those.
I don’t know exactly what makes a word beautiful, but ’savage’ sounds just like itself – say it savagely and see! I like it. ‘Threnody’ is nice, too, because the ‘thr’ combination is satisfying to say, but also because the meaning is interesting.
Chief among ugly words, on the other hand, is ‘carbuncle,’ surpassing even ‘gewgaw’ in sheer hideousness. Much as I respect the brothers of parents in general, I do not like them in my gemstones.
some of my favorite words
I had it as a vocabulary word when I was a freshman. It’s just always stuck with me..hands down my favorite word, both for it’s sound and meaning.
People say that anything preety is one or themselves as another.
I think cellar door is very beautiful, you just have to ignore the meaning of it. It sounds..very french.
i think everything sounds beautiful when i say it
i have no idea what to put for the most beautiful word, but i think anything said with a spanish accent is really pretty.
i loveee the words cataclysmic, carnage, and nevermore.
not the biggest fan of the word wart. it’s nasty.
Flap Doodle is a funny word to me:)
mystique sounds so…exotic in a good way
also cascade and tumble and hippopotamus (it’s such a fun word!)
Best sounding word: Ollivanders.
Gina Lollobrigida, doily, plethora, vivacious = fun
ointment, gag, dank, gangly, = not so fun
My favorite word to say is “indubitably”. My least favorite is “rural”.
I’ve noticed that people have a hard time separating the meaning of words from the “beauty” of the sound of the word itself. I bet the people who hated wet and moist were deeply religious.
What the hell is cellar door supposed to mean? I first heard this on Donnie Darko & thought it had a deeper meaning or something.
antelope and plethora are my favorite.
meal is a disgusting word.
Serendipity is a great word, but i have my mind set on this one:
It’s soft, it’s quiet, it’s pure beauty, my friends.
Who doesn’t love snow? (Don’t answer if you don’t agree with me)
God. His is the most beautiful Word. =)
belly button and winner
I have always loved the word exquisite. The meaning, the way your mouth moves to makes the sharp consonants clear, it’s so beautiful.
I also love the word quadrangle, although it’s a little ugly, it’s very fun to say…
My favourite English words are “filth” and “unplugged”.
no one said light?
i also like god, love, etc
My favorite word (phrase, actually) is endoplasmic reticulum. It bounces off the tongue rather nicely.
I know it is a yellow wildflower, and yet I always thought it was some sort of cactus! But I do like saying the word “meskel”.
I always liked the word “vendetta” even if its not really a good thing. euphonic,
Saraphena, celladora, celladius, serenity, are all soo pretty! they sound so beautiful when you say it.
When I was in the 9th grade we had this same debate. After much discussion the winning word was “shenandoah”.
I hate the words ghosts, desks, masks, etc. An ’s’ followed by a sharp sound and another ’s’. It sounds like you’re trying to make a cymbal noise at the end of your word.
I can’t stand the word “shoehorn.”
I doubt if anyone will read all the way down here, but the word that means changing states straight from a solid to a gas is awesome.
sorry i couldnt remember it
LOVE SAYING AND HEARING NEBRASKA
Just remembered: sublimation!
Brisk. Something about that word feels fresh. Also, cabbage is a funny word, no matter what accent you say it with.
lucia on December 12, 2011 at 5:10 pmethereal if said with a spanish accents is lovely to say. others would be ones from the elven language in Lord of the Rings, like mithrandiel, rivandel, fangorn, legolas, etc. and others just sound so evil it makes you skin crawl, like Balrog (bal-rohc), urikhai (oor-i-ky), and Nazgul (naz-gool).
i think the ugliest words are edna, ulga, and gertrude.
Feild and fjord.
I think my all time favorite word is floccinaucinlonihlipilification. it’s a long word, but i love it; it’s so rhythmic. i think rhythm is also one of my favorites. or romance. or velocity. I don’t really like ribbon. or glue. or watch. I like charcoal and nebula…or nexus. OHOH GOSSAMER. GOSSAMER IS AMAZING. sinuous is quite nice. luminescent. undulating. crystalline. horizon. muse. mystery. i don’t know why, but i really like slang. lush. rouge (although that’s technically french). rebellion / rebellious. REVOLUTION. RESISTANCE. desire. uprising (it’s just so cool a word!)
But i think my all time favorite would have to be incandescent because it just is
prairie is a pretty-sounding word
My favorite word is onomatopoeia. But I don’t know that it’s the most beautiful sounding word. =)
‘beauty’ is the most beautiful word in itself.
A friend on seeing a copy machine in operation for the first time, said: “It makes perfecal duplacopies.” Even though he garbled ( another fun word to say)it, his words roll pleasantly off the tongue, making it fun to say. Actually, most words are wonderful when you think how far language has come and what we would be with out it.
a beautiful name and a euphonious song.
‘SOLILOQUY’ for me…/// everyone tries it at some point or the other and it sounds cool !!!
But i also voted for the word ” love”, plum as one of the most beautiful name. And I think the most abuse word is the name ”Jesus”, most people use that name of the Lord, mistakenly, and I hope they wud stop doing or sayin that. Thanks!
or Using that in vain,sorry..
how about ” thank you” and “you are welcome”?
I think they sound the most beautiful in English.
eucalyptus, loll or lolling, universe, petal, autumn, obsolete, memory, crystal, time, hopelessness, euthanasia, minute, alone, bell, tuesday, flitting, flutter, flighting, gather, still, vase, hope, bury, sound, sea, weep, topple, shelter,
I love the word ‘exuberance’
I am starting a cosmetic business in USA; our products are totally herbal natural. I want suggestion of you people about the name of the company. Please suggest a name that create buzz and sign of beauty in minds.
Must be AUTHORITY.
Thanks for the article–nice read.
I think luncheon is the nicest word.
CH – love your comments!
EPIC!!!! COINS!!! JAPAN!!! 3 words were kinda my favorite.. 0_o
oh yea and collection sounds like a nice organized word ever!
my favourite word is Acquiesce which means agree without protesting
worst word .. well.. menstrual
Waffted is pretty bad, but I would have to say Moist is the most filthy sounding word in the dictionary. The most pretty sounding would have to be Chocolate (no not because i am addicted to the stuff, but because when said it doesn’t matter how you say it, it just seems to roll off the tounge really easy and sounds good no matter what accent it is said in…. serious, try it!!)
Procrastication . Both in meaning and pronunciation !
koala is thee most beautiful sounding word
Angel. Angel means something beautiful, but that’s not why. Angel is just a beautiful word, no matter how many times you say it. Read this:
Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel Angel
Angel does kinda look like “angler” but to be honest with you, even though Angel is a beautiful word, I think the MOST beautiful word IS::::
“Beautiful”. Yep, “beautiful” is the most beautiful word. Why? Because it actually IS what you’re asking. It’s the only REAL answer.
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My friend’s fave word is Combustion, but my favorites are hope and peace!
Though, my favorite words from a language other than English are: the Japanese words Kiseki (Miracle), Kokoro (Heart), or Henshin (Transform)… I’m not exactly sure why I like that last one so much…
words I like: ethereal, felicity, loquacious, reconnaissance, chandelier, lullaby, antiquity, soliloquy, candelabra, archipelago, opalescent, acolyte, library, languid, erroneous.
although this may not be considered a real word I like Vivianni.
Love saying the word “fluffy.”
serenity. tranquil. neon. violet. lavender. chestnut.
best word: effervescent.
worst word: not
“not” gives everything the feeling of, “you’re wrong,” while effervescent means “bubbly” which give it a beautiful meaning.
chocolate, velvety.. silk… these are beautiful too
grossest sounding word:
I love rendezvous. It has a certain ring.
In my opinion:
The best is “Telekinesis”.
The worst is “Gosh”.
I am not very religious, but I think that to say “Oh my Gosh” is the same that to give the finger to Him.
Say “Oh my” instead…
what about names of countries?
and African places
I think the most beautiful word for me would be heaven. It sounds peaceful, calm, and full of love. Just saying it brings me peace, the worst would be penis, not being immature or anything, but it just doesn’t come out right for me.
Every word if you have a british accent
I feel illusion is the most euphonious
“Ludicrous” sounds very beautiful.
in my opinion, lollapalooza is a great word! look it up
English is a terrible language, Spanish and French are much more beautiful.
But the best word, by meaning, in English is love. ♥♥♥♥
tantalizing is my favorite word
My favorite word is aluminumumumum!!!!! Get it it’s a joke, instead of aluminum it’s aluminumumumum!!!!! Oh by the way, I got a hundred on my math test in algebra…..so now, hundred if my favorite word.
i love the words
isoceles (hope i spelled that right….)
and i HATE the words
what about u?
My favourite word is kaleidoscope, because it has both a unique sound and a artistic definition. I also think the words epic and awkward are awesome, because it sounds so fun to say.
The most relaxing word to say is “booklet”.
The poem Annabel Lee [Edgar Allan Poe], (I´m enthusiastic and passionate about it and know it by heart since 1972), considered to be one of the most beautiful poems in the English language, its rhymes and rhythm suggest the undulating sea waves, swaying small waves that go to and fro in each strophe and gather momentum until they splash at the beaking point: “chilling and killing my Annabel Lee” and recede. The whole poem sounds as a big wave that grows, comes forth and goes back to the initial calm. Awesome!!!
DIAPHANOUS== SOUNDS LOVELY AND LOOKS THE SAME.
TAX== IS TERRIBLE TO SAY AS WELL AS DO. GIVE TAX THE AX!
I´ve forgotten to say (for those who didn´t understand my last post): I think the most beautiful-sounding words in English are:
Pusillanimous – although methinks it might be too cowardly to speak for it self.
I like the word effervescant
Celerity, chamomile, salivate, charismatic, anaconda, cilia, travesty, elevator, sky… all beautiful words, minus some of the meanings. But I think the winner is alien.
“Zero” the worst sounding word in my opinion.
supercalifragilisticexpialidoucious cuz it sounds really playful
I think that words that have more “i”s and “e”s and have higher pitches are good words
@Alejandro and Miles
I have to say that eloquence is my favorite word. I adore the way it sounds. If I didn’t know what it meant, I might have thought it had to do with something regal. If the word was a fabric, I think it would be a deep forest/emerald green, with a luxurious, soft, velvet-like texture.
emerald…. sapphire…. gem sounds nice too
I love saying the word cake … that gentle nudge on the back of the throat :0)
Why do so many people hate the word “moist” as they think that nothing good can come after it. What about a moist sponge cake then? Would you prefer a dry one or a sodden one?
I think the worst word ever is either flatulence or excreta. Do any of you like these words at all?
I’ve always loved the words parsimonious, vicarious, ruminate, redundant, resonant, music, muse, book, and lyrical. Things that sound almost poetic, or roll off the tongue. If I use words like these, my tongue feels tingly from the niceness of it, haha.
Willow. Triage. Polliwog. Numismatist. Fern. Galoshes. Oyster. Lingerie. Kerplunk. Resonance. Hippopotamus. Burgundy. Chrysanthemum. Restive. Napkin. Ivory. Magical.
i favourited extraordinary~
I’m sure many haven’t thought of precious gemstones. My birthstone really makes me smile when I hear it. Amethyst. I’m sure that happens to you. Garnet. Amethyst. Aquamarine. Diamond. Emerald. Pearl. Ruby. Peridot (pronounced per-i-doe). Sapphire. Opal. Citrine. Topaz. The one’s with y’s or r’s in sound more beautiful to me. I think your brithstone is the most beautiful word x
I like ruby, foster, ellipsoid, and cinema
I love the sound of the word “wysteria”
Precious. Soft. Velvet. Muse. Elegance. Flutter. Lyrical. Smile. Alight. Soar. Will. Sigh. Arizona. Descent.Tapestry. Brilliance. Ivy. Sky. Rendezvous. Gossamer. Flicker. Breeze. Twirl. Shadow. Twinkle. Flutter. Majesty. Serenade. Nevermore. Twilight. Quiet.
Words are beautiful, now that I think about it. I know they’re simple, but they are my favorites. Saying these words can take you someplace new.
Does beautiful sounds correlate with beautiful meaning of the word?
Like, I love to hear ’serendipity’ so much, because of the meaning it carries and the movie it tittles.
I do also like ‘willow’ since I imagine winds and grass and green and peace when I utter it…
However, ‘frightened’ and ‘mysterious’ sounds good to my ear though…
I love celestial and beloved. Stupid has to be the worst sounding word in English.
Some of my favourites are:
Antidisestablishmentarianism (if you break it down, it is very easy to understand)
and Wonderful (pronounced with a German accent)
PS. not the greatest speller, why do you think I’m on here?
Baby. Just say it. “Baby.”
I like the word cerebro. It seems to just, flow.
As far as “ugly” sounding words, I’m going to have to go with the words Squaemous (sk-way-mus) or peduncle. They’re fun to say, but they’re not pretty.
Prettiest word: lacey OR Mandolen (insturment)
Ugliest word: squelch
I love betwixt, synonyms, and incessant.
I am terribly guilty of using them both incessantly, with no synonyms betwixt them.
suave – it’s just so suave
Five favorite words:
My two favorites are superflous and
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is just a fun word to say!!!
everything & anything
bonanza is what my classmates say.
I always loved “Caledonia” and “Galleon”
it stunk i hated it it tot me nothin
I’d have to go with Fluency~
I just love these words because they just sound so soft and smooth and round. And if you whisper them…<3
I don't like these words as much. Especially pork.
I like the word “Quintessence”, it just sounds awesome. I also think that most colors sound pretty nice, like crimson, azure, violet, etc.
By far, bleb wins for best sounding. Just sayin’.
Triskadecaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Bleb is a bubble. Triskadecablbaphobia is (a made-up word by me and classmates) is the fear of 13 bubbles flying ominously at your face. Boom.
Beautiful word is ECSTACY
Ugly word is BILE
Facetious is my favourite word. It’s one of only 2 words that has all the vowels in order. A-E-I-O-U
To me, the most beautiful sounding word is “whisp”. Or maybe “billow”, or “willow”. And “violin”. But mostly because I play it. Then, cello is also quite a lovely word…and viola and piano…
dont u think if being technical we should say the most beautiful word would be the word beautiful itself? nothing but ‘beautiful’ is truly ‘beautiful’ right? :p
Oh and Hazel too! May be cos I have Hazel eyes! (^_^)
I find the word “malevolent” quite beautiful.
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Hi I agree with someone else. Vienna is undoubtedly the most fantastic word I’ve ever heard!
Convoluted is a word that often clearly describes my intent and it also flows quite nicely when used, but by far the most beautiful word in the English language is sleep.
I love azure,malachite,Venezuela,sapphire and citrine and chartreuse.
Racoon, flesh, squirt, squishy, joint, puss, ear, celery, shimmer and transcript all sound terrible to me.
Fester is also a very gross word.
‘A racoon saw its festering, charred flesh apon his joint and felt the puss squirt out”
i want to vomit now.
Aphrodisiac and effervescent.
Well Celladora is a very pretty name but stellar would have to be my choice for, ” the most beautiful sounding word.”
I can’t believe no one has mentioned Gonorrhea as the ugliest word in the english language. That is by far the worst sounding.
Effloresce. Evanescence, Ephemerality, Iridescence, Phantasmagoria, Heartsease, Bliss, Seventh Heaven, Ethereality, Equanimity, Requiem, Musicality, etc, etc.
Wow, what does everyone have against moist?
Maybe I haven’t heard it in the right contexts, but to me it sounds succulent (moist cake as opposed to dry biscuit) and sensual.
Beautiful words: halcyon, fluffy, plump.
Gross words: zombie, putrid, purulent, visceral.
Fun words: brilliant, flabbergasted.
I really don’t like the sound of my own name, except when somebody needs to attract my attention only when there are other people around. If someone addresses me directly using my name, I feel aggressed.
(English is not my native language, if anyone finds that interesting. I strongly prefer English to French, I think stress-timed languages sound much better than syllable-timed languages.)
Forget about those Hard-2-read-Words, POETIC ! I pick POETIC !!!!!!!! my list is
My favorite French word is je ne sais quois; my favorite Italian word is seis, and my favorite English word is fresh.
My least favorite English word is racist.
How about mellifluous?
Alejandro, we all know supercalifrajelisticexpialidocious is NOT a word, my favorite is egotistical, though the one i like the sound of most is actually one i made up, Glendoriana. Plump is a great word. My fave french word is J’adore. I like adore as well. I hate plimpleberry. Actually i made that up.
I like the word suicide, that doesn’t mean that I’m suicidal, at least not very much…..
I like many words with a bad definition, how can someone give bad things so beautiful words?
I like “forestry.” I hate “virile.”
Actually my favorite word is silence…
Butterfly….it sounds good and brings about lovely imagery in the mind
All Time Favorite Word: NONCHALANT (sounds French)
Other Phonetically Pleasant Words:
Twinkle, Scheme, Holiday, Charisma, Sparkle, Funny, Nazi* (it sounds so cute and innocent, despite it’s defin.), Latte, Star, Euphoria, Glassy Fantasy, Sinister, Recee’s, Persona, Personality, Shiny, Sunflower…
Hmm…I think phantasmagoria would have to be my favorite word. Not exactly the prettiest, but definitely among the more visual.
my fav…. dazzler, future, majestic, charismatic, splendor, black, genuine, attitude, masculine, manly, ecstasy…
luv the word mythical
baboya is da cutest sounding word when your girlfriend says it in a squeak voice XD ().()
Victoria is definitly the most beautifu.
oh it’s real…..look it up.
Oh it’s real….look it up.
Funnest word to say with not-so-fun meaning: Supercilious
Most pretentious-sounding word: fecund
One of my favorites: Zeitgeist
Never liked the word “meal”; always use dinner.
worst word by far is – flesh.
best is – azure!
I would just like to say “moist brownies” is a positive connotation.
Pariah, is super pretty I have to agree!
I love the words tintinnabulation and petrichor.
Actually, I’ve always thought that synesthesia is an incredibly beautiful word. I’m also a fan of serendipity. The pleasant associations are a bonus, but aesthetically (also a pretty sounding word. Not as pleasing to my eyes, oddly enough.) I find the combination of sounds to be beautiful. Of course, it’s hard to tell how much the meaning affects my choices. However, “cellar door” actually annoys my ears when I focus on it. I think it might be the hard “d” sound right in the middle of the phrase. Not that I mind the sound of a d, but I don’t like it in that combination. It’s not the meaning. Turn the same sounds into a fantasy name. I do not like the way “Selerdore” sounds. I have to second a previous poster that I love the word petrichor, but I have to admit that Doctor Who may be responsible for that. However, it is a pretty word. Other words I find beautiful: evocative, violin, lilac, lavender, mirage, hyacinth, luxurious, prurient, hypothesis, literature, reverie, revelation, synthesis, vision, correlate, variation, vibrance, irrelevance, elegance, brilliant, silence, sequester, evaporation, rebellion, passion, whisper, willow, wysteria, withering, soliloquy, amuse, rhapsody, rapture, evasion, elation, defiance, nobility, divination, perspective, knowledge, eyrie, vanity, persuasion, immersion… It’s a short list. There are so many more.
i love the words tangerine, lallapalooza, and i love love LOVE the word kablam!
I like the word “facetious.” It has only fricative consonants, so there are no “abrupt” sounds. I also really like the way it looks when spelled- it has all 5 vowels in alphabetic order.
Embiggen. It’s a perfectly cromulent word.
my favorite is diamonds
My favorite word is chthonic, which basically means “subterranean.” The reason that I like it, though, is not because of the way it sounds, it is because of the way it is spelled. If this word were on a spelling test, many a student would spell it without the silent “ch.”
Finally i have found it after spending almost 1 hour to find the best sounding word. “CHTHONIC” is really awesome.. Love the way it is misspelled.. Thanks Hippie…
I like the words chrome, synchronicity, and flavorful.
The most beautiful sounding word in English is…Home
Excite. it reminds me of jagged, sharp, clear ice crystals sparkling in the sun. They are incredibly cold and deadly, but also beautiful. wait, what? ah well, at any rate i love it.
Nature, quite, poem, book, and music are all wonderful words and in themselves are also pretty.
If there was a dollar given to me for listing my favorite words, I’d be a billionaire! Here are some that simply catches my breath:
The word “queso” is one of my favorites, although it is in Spanish, I absolutely love the way it starts off sharp and smooth and ending silky.
I don’t see how “moist” sounds horrible; I actually like how it forms on your lips when you say it.
I don’t hate this word, but you have to admit it sounds queer: “quadrant”. I mean, say it slowly, emphasizing the -qua part. Quaaaaaaaadraant.
say it slowly it just rolls off your tongue
French has some great words and phrases: je t’adore or my personal favorite, pamlemousse.
I love all words, but two of my favorites are “zen” and “armour”. I like zen because it’s such an exotic word, with such a sensible meaning. Armour is just a lovable word in general!
melancholy and serendipity
The BEST Sounding WORD Inn The World Has To Be
… and yes … its a word … just look it up why dont cha
I’ve always been enchanted by the word “celadon” and now I know why. It sounds a lot like “cellar door” only it sounds good in a rhotic accent too. Plus, it doesn’t mean anything weird, just a greyish cyan color or porcelain of that color.
I’ve always really liked the word “Annihilate”.
And by the way Tiink I looked up that word and it didn’t have it on there…..
Aesthetic is just one of those words that float out of your mouth
what about Serenity and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
if you think thats a fake word look it up in the search box
Cerulean is a pretty word… and color. I like words that end with “ush”. Lush, thrush, hush. They kind of just come out, you know. But not ones that are pronounced like push or bush. I don’t like those.
I think merge is SUCH a disgusting word. Isn’t pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis like some weird disease or something? did I spell it right? Boy, it’s a real tongue twister. Is that a word? It sound’s cool. Aesthetic is, like, way cool. And it does just float out perfectly, doesn’t it?
“cellar door”, a word? Ain’t that a phrase?
If I happened to be French, pamplemousse (grapefruit) would be top.
In Hebrew, I very much like telmeed which is student.
In Spanish, I like queso! (Cheese)
cute (queuett, I love the way it rolls of your tongue)
All words have some unique beauty to them. I think ” Love” is the best.
As you can see from my name, I love the word laudanum, since it flows so smoothly off the tongue.
Woodthrush is indeed a good word, along with whippoorwill (if I can ever spell it correctly the first time), lush, lavish, indulgence, pallid, discord, fruition, vivid, charm, gem, beach, aqua, harmony, silver… I could go on.
I like “particular.” I say it like this, “pahtickala”
I would have to go with
Has anyone noticed how ‘matron’ sounds? Uh, if i call someone a matron, I feel like i should apologize for calling them fat! Guilt!
Exponential, axiomatic and candelabra
I love the words mellifluous, lilac, and chandelier. I thinka silly word is stupendous. I dislike the word loser.
wooo! I thought so! Had a feeling about “serendipity”
I like “specificity”
My favorite word is indefatigable!
The prettiest word in the english language is aria.
melody and lavender LAVENDER LAVENDER LAVENDER MELODY MELODY MELODY
obvious and debtor
oh yeah “pretty” is a beautiful word too
Dilapidated jalopy is so much fun to say. Say it. dilapidated jalopy. isn’t it fun?- how it rolls off your tongue. I also like luxurious, tranquility, elegant and stupendous.
My worst word I discovered by reading the comments is crusty. just thinking of crusty skin, crusty ground…
Oh and also the hardest word to say is kohls
Science is a good one.
Sigh ehn suh
kinda nerdy, but still pretty sounding.
I like tropical, eleven, and sienna.
Valor is a word that I think sounds nice.
Poorley (sorry, not sure if the spelling’s right)is a really annoying, and gross-sounding word, although whether it’s the worst, I can’t say.
I like the word ’shimmer’.
lavender is my favorite word….it’s so beautiful!!!
In my opinion, lithe is the most beautiful word. It conjures up images of strength and beauty. It also has such a pleasant sound when spoken.
Lutefisk! I love that episode!
Elk, whelk, milk, silk, ilk. I love these words, they slip off of the tongue.
Lock, clock. Flux, revolver, luck, cellophane, harmonic/y symphony.
More of the words that sound perfect with a deliberate English accent.
Isn’t it interesting that the meaning of the word affects how beautiful we think the word is? I have noticed, though, that many of the beautiful words mentioned here have a soft “C” or “S” sound.
I’ve always loathed the word LUNG!
i really like the word “SPONTANEOUS”
I love to hear and say the words – lucious, luxury, celladon, remise, superflous, and soliloquey.
My favorite word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It’s so fun to say (once you’ve memorized it) and watch the perplexed expression quickly crawl over another person’s face. Now, I can even spell it by memory! For those who don’t know, it’s a disease that is caused by the intake of fine silica dust, causing the inflammation of the lungs. I also enjoy the sound of the word ‘factual’.
Luscious sounds pretty nice to me.
i like this word only becux it is the longest word found in dictionary….
but actually i like..
acacia,azalea,meditation,ecstatic and antidisestablishmentarianism
‘Melancholy’ and ‘Susurrus’ are beautiful. Definitely my favourites.
Vampavarmathonaplingdeon, the vertically striped animal that eats bunnies.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
‘moist’ is not a bad sounding word….lot of these opinions are based on the meaning of the word rather than the sound. try to separate the sounds from the meaning….isn’t that what the article is about?
I personally think that susurration is one of the most beautiful words in the English language, because the way you say it sounds like what it means. Susurration means to make a soft rustling sound.
My favorites are elevator, perennial, quotient, parallel, cerulean, aqua, revive, and aviator. I LOVE the way they all just roll right off your tongue.
I also think the word “fatigue” would be pretty, but it was forever ruined in my mind when I was in third grade and my friend pronounced it “fat-ih-goo.” Now that’s all I can think of when I hear or see the word “fatigue!”
I like “utopia,” personally.
My favorite words are hypnotic, melodious, elixir, colour, and soliloquy.
I like sash.
My favorite word would have to be, “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis!” By the way im a 7th grader and i know this word!!! I learned from my science teacher, Mr.Baisley.
I like serenade, meadowlark, diligent, sinuous, serpentine, viola, and luminescent. They just give me a pleasant feeling when they roll off my tongue. Cellar door would only sound euphonious if it weren’t linked do an actual cellar door. When I hear “cellar door” I think of this young child looking down the stairs in front of the door, and the stairs are not finished and dripping with a thin, watery, green-black liquid, and there are cobwebs scattered everywhere. It makes your skin crawl.
I like the place names Memphis, Luxor and Zanzibar. Also ankh and Lyra (vaguely Egyptian theme here…)
Some words just sound plain horrible and almost impossible to say without frowning: snitch, glitch, shackle, procrastinate.
Did anyone say polliwog? That is the best sounding word.
The worst sounding words are bulbous, phlem and pus.
I like the word underware way better than panties.I sometimes ask my co- workers to say panties so i can laugh at them
The most beautiful words are ’soul’ and ‘ukelele’. I don’t know why, but I love saying them. ‘Shazam’ too.
Exotic’s pretty cool too
Lynx, eaglet, blanket. Wonderful words!
The best sounding words are:
epiphany and cerebellum
i like. PLOP
i hate “blubber”, ”rubber”, ”fodder”, ”hump”, ”dump” [sounds retarded, stupid'']
i love ‘’squish”, ”gregarious”, ”theatrical”, ”anoesis”, ”’doh/dough/dodo”, ”tickle”, ”fickle”, ”capricious”
best word ”pleasure”, pronounced with French lips
The worst two words are ‘ZANY’ and ‘ROMP’, especially when used together; a zany romp. Awful.
‘SPIFFING’ is a brilliant word
Favorite word? One that rolls off the tongue?
I’m not kidding either
defenestrate is definitely the best
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.
Sleep… Is the most beautiful word you shall ever hear.
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.
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.
“Iris” is the most beautiful to me. I seriously don’t know why nobody else thinks it’s beautiful.
i think beautiful. i makes me think of eau de perfume
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.
And don’t forget CELADON.
It is in fact a real word and is absolutely fantastic.
Worst Word: ECLECTIC
i love glamorous so pretty
pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is easily the best or otherwise one of these pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, antidisestablishmentarianism
I like pusillanimous as the grossest sounding word, and then as just a good word, I like hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. (the fear of long words.)
Parsley sounds phonetically amazing.
Also practice and fathom.
worst is I
my new fave is chrysanthemum (it means flower r any plants like them)
i look through and my 4th fav is lush
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!).
I also like these words, though:
and many more!!
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?
i like the word Boogie woogie….. sounds really fun…… makes you wanna shake ur butt
omphalos! so fun to say!
Desolate is a nice compact, pretty word. :]
Reconnaissance as a nice ring to it, as well.
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?
“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.
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”.
Meaningfully: Lavish and Ravish
I think that perhaps the best word is “voluptuous”. I like the feeling of the “up-shoo” part of the word.
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
*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.
Bring it on! JJ
This is getting boring! Blog me if you want more. JJ.
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!
Now I really have to go…………My diadem needs realigning!! JJ
I love the word “loam”.
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-).
I am also a synesthete, and do think that those words are bumpy
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.
I really dislike the word, lukewarm. For some reason it just doesn’t sit well with me.
glimpse and Wolf
ardor, grace, light
There is this boy i know who really likes the word antidisestablishmentarianism and can spell it is less than three seconds.
i love the word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Because it’s sooooooooooo long.
For some reason, I really word “duplicitous”. It’s just fun to say out loud.
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!)
The most beautiful word in English is “elude”. Eluuude!
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’.
My favorite word is “effloresce”. It sounds beautiful and the definition makes it even more beautiful. “To bloom.”
For me, SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS is a word that sounds most beautiful!
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.
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.
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!!!
My favorite word is “important.” I love the sound some people make when they pronounce this word.
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.
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 !!!
melody to list only two
i love the word malice
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
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.
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…
One of my favorite words has to be silhouette. It sounds very beautiful too, especially spoken out loud.
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.
ethereal, for sure
it’s a pretty meaning on top of a pretty word
I wouldn’t necessarily call it beautiful, but certainly pretty
and I absolutely can’t stand sauce
I have no issue with moist though…
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.
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?
To call forth the most beautiful word – evoke
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).
‘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!
Insanity, Chaos, and Malicious are my favorites. My least favorite is Mathematics.
I think Bubbles is a very fun word to say!
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!
everyone here has great opinions!
Words i like : LITERALLY – it sounds great specially when im narrating an incident 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
least fav would be menstruation, it was a word rarely spoken in my era and was said distastefully, period.
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
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.
I adore the word melancholy. it makes me think of rain in springtime, but in a happy way.
I love the word
its just so fun to say, and its on the keyboard in order!
I despise “spotty”.
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!
my favorite is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
i would vote candelabra
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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.) 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.
Don’t know what my favorite is, but I like serene. It just sounds so peaceful.
I hate ooze, glob, and pus. Yuck! X-(
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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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
i mean that i think ’slipper’ sound beautiful
I love ubiquitous and unity.
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. ; )
I love serenity, Carolyn, and armageddon
those are my fave words ^_^
I think these are beautiful sounding words. Adagio, though Italian, has a place in the English language and is also a beautiful sounding word.
“rhythm” and “love” are my best sounding words in that order, whilst the worst sounding words are “bombastic” and “baboon”.
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.
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?
Cammy–what a beautiful image!
‘insurmountable’ sounds beautiful to me
How about ’safe’
i got 2.
anime and otaku
Diarrhea is a beautiful word. Yep, I know: the connotation. But…get pass that and listen to sound. It is my choice.
anjali (not english, but we use it)
Lavender sounds good.
Pumpernickel and persnickety!
Space or galaxy….
My favorite word(s) are (is) a name: “swallowtail butterfly”
i love the words:
Rocio (spanish word)
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
I like a few words like efflorescence, firmament, panache among others
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.
Gobsmacked. It’s just so freaking descriptive.
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.
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.
Heterocromatic is the best word in my opinion.
For some reason, my friend loves the word ‘voyage’.
Me, I prefer Crescendo. It has such a lovely ring to it!
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.
i think enthusiastic is a great word!
My favourite words are:
‘tranquility’, ‘Mephistophelian’, ‘Shambhala’, ‘Shangri-La’, ‘Elysium’, ‘Celestial’, ‘ethereal’, ‘Mew’, ‘frankincense’, ‘nebula’, ‘cosmos’ and so on.
Antidisestablishmentarianism is the best word ever.
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!
Love and determination are prob my two faves
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.
OOO ya i liked moist. but i also thought scissors was good as long as its pronouced ski-zors
pure, silk, satin. I LOVE these words.
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my fave is supercalifragelistikexpialadocious! just love the way it sounds even though its not actually a word but used my kids for showing off.
This is like choosing between pudding and ice cream,
but i like bleb an pulchritudinous
Melifluous means what it sounds like.
GANGNAM-STYLE is hands down the best word evvahh
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…
“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”
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
I prefer frankenstien
I like “effervescent” myself.It has a nice ring to it
Cella Mondegrine is my online alias, thanks to Hotword. I even have a blog named cellaspeak.
‘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.
I was quite amused by a list which included golden, melodious, lullaby and… gonorrhoea!
Add these in: Ravenna, viridian, Iroquois, panna cotta, terra firma, amygdala, cashmere, nirvana, salient, mantra, tantric, phantasmagoria
Favorite word is “sparkle” followed closely by “snuggle”.
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.
lots of things yall guys siad (people)
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”?)
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.
I dont know if anybody has suggested but the words that come to my mind are ’serene’ & ‘melliflous’
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….
I think it should be supercalifragerlisticespialidocious
Flower, Vannila, Smooth, LOVE and the name of my boyfreind
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.
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!
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.
The grossest word? TWEAK.
The loveliest word? HOME
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.
Shenanigans, silhouette, and God’s Acre are few of my favorites
“Hour”, “Our”, and “Origin” are my few examples of uglies.
My fav word is tintinnabulation.
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.
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.
A word that everybody likes in English is kiss, and another is okay
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!
Amity is favourite word… but, mainly for it’s meaning. check out my YouTube channel: EarthboundMisfit89
As far as sound goes:
Inspire and Expire
Cellar vs Seller
The favorite word is “MOTHER”
The worse sounding word is — puke
Good words: Bibelot, soap, pot, poster, dope, foal, bean.
Bad words: Nostril, uncle, pick
yes to melifluous
MELLIFLUOUS — it’s so darn mellifluous.
Whimsical in every respect.
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
“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.
I love the word “ethereal” as well as “soliloquy.” I really dislike the word “peer,” don’t ask why
Cellar door?? REALLY?!?!?! I think “chancellor” is a fabulously gorgeous word.
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!)
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.
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”.
I LOVE discombobulate and indubitably
I like serendipity too…but reallllly like to use the word SERENDIPITOUS in a sentence…people look at you going, “huhhhh?”
I like accentuate.
Libidinous. I love the feel of the word as I say it.
That’s funny……..earlier today, before I read this, I was thinking of how much I love the word serendipitous!
I like the word “ephemeral”!
GOOGOL is the word i love. Dont be mistaken I do not mean Google but the number googol.
My favorite word is effeminate. I like how it sounds and the definition seems to make me happy, too.
@ Amariah: I agree! Lush is such a peaceful, mellifluous word. I swear you were me.
I think we can conclude that words including the letters “L” and “F” (or “PH”) are pulchritudinous.
Sounds whimsical and flourescent
^^^^ Those two are beautiful as well
Eucalyptus and labyrinth – two of my faves.
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).
Also talisman is quite a beautiful word.
you know which word i hate???
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.
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:
Now, here are a list of low-frequency “words”:
Do the high-frequency “words” sound nicer to you than the low-frequency ones?
Personally I like ‘illusion’ and ‘lagoon’ the best!
I’d have to say my favourite word is “firmament”, as in the night sky. The ugliest? “Burger”.
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).
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!
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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serendipity is a nice word. I think it’s one of my favorites. but, I do consider the word countenance as well..
As one can see, I ended up using the first part of celladora as my screen name.
I love cellar door. Moist is the worst word, and song just sounds really foreign/Asian-like.
I think “gross” is the most gross-sounding word ever, since it sounds the most like it, since it IS it.
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
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.
The most beautiful sounding word to me is ephemeral.. also esoteric…
Eulogy for sound and vicarious for feeling
My favourite word would have to be either: sonorous or equilibrium
Words that I hate: ointment, gangrene
Lugubrious is my favourite word in the English language.
epiphany is beautiful.. but I thought of serendipity right away as well
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!
I like the word svelte.
Sphygmomanometer and Sclerenchyma are two of my favorite awesome-sounding words.
“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.
Anyone suggest murmur? Once was considered the most sonorous in the language. Or maybe our perceptions of sound change with the age.
“Kerfuffle.” It never quite leaves your mouth…..
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.
I love the word archipelago.
. . . and rotundity
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.
Words I like: nonplus, peach, juxtapose, ambivalent, breeze, scurvy
Words I don’t: grammar, now, literally, awesome, cheese
Puke and vomit are the worst words EVER! My grandson adds “hurl”
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! )
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).
My favorite word used to be favorite, but now I have no idea… I do like the word soliloquy and sissors…
I love chocolate
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..
Putrify would have to come close to being the worst sounding word
I love the word Vexation
i like the words pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
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 ..
I hate: Bread- it just sticks in your mouth and stops you!
The most beautiful word: melodious, yearn, or anonymous
I really like the words irredescent, glowing, sympathatic, breeze, balmy, flowing, glazed, and somewhat
I will never tire of the sound of ‘dinner bell’….
I love the word ‘glacier’.
I like gossamer… it really rolls off the tongue
i really think the word pseudology is a cool word!
I’ve always enjoyed saying the word boogaloo.
“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.
food is my favorite
I like “supple”.
favourites: poetic, soliloquy, euphonious, cellar door, fern, wuthering, dusk, dawn, philosophy, ambiguous, glacier
Note: We should give Horace Walpole credit for bringing “serendipity” into the English language.
My favorite words change all the time. Today I like:
skinflint (funny and sounds exactly like what it is)
cerulean (great sound and beautiful color)
zany (a perennial favorite)
The ugliest word to see, to hear, to say:
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.’
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.
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?]).
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…”
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.
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.
“Picturesque” is definitely a beautiful sounding word to me.
My fave word is amish. they are some amazing people!$%#$%
I think that indubitably & meniscus are very beautiful words.
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”.
Luminescent. Waded. Enfulged. Grace. Delirious. Warlock.
My favorite words are:
and my favorite word is CHRYSELEPHANTINE-made of ivory and gold.
i think periwinkle is a very pretty word
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.”
For those who see nothing good coming from the word moist; I love when my girlfriend uses it.
Lavender or lilac
Personally, my favorite words are clandestine, euphoria, serendipity, effervescent, and melodic.
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…>.<
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.
I have no idea what the most beautiful sound is, i just… i dunno anymore. -.-
IMy favourite word is Michelle, because she is beautiful and I love her. )
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.
A word that sounds like “cellar door” and is also a real word: celadon!
I just love saying the words “pastel” its just so pretty!
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.
My favorites would have to be Destiny, Serenity, and Sanctuary.
My favorite word is rejuvinate. I just love the way it sounds…
Another word I like is a Spanish one: Epifanía. It’s epiphany. It just sounds very musical
Gossamer, twilight and infinitesimal are my favourites
The words that I find the most beautiful (mostly in sound but also probably partially in meaning), are venomous, feral, and slither.
condensation and trifecta
My favorite word is “archetype” However, I also believe “facile” to be a beautiful word.
Ooooohh, I also like “gossamer”
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!
I don’t know why but I’ve always loved the word ‘malt’.
Whoa, I posted here months ago. Weird.
“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.
“Cellar door”? What a rotten choice — conjures up images of Norman Bates in “Psycho” hiding his mother’s mummified remains.
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*
I like the following:
“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”.
I have, always, saying the Montevideo.
I will tell you, though, when I first read the question, “serendipity” came to mind.
I think that LOVE is the most beautiful word on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
to me, the most beautiful word is “Grace”
IDIOSYNCRASIES is my favourite, perhaps not beautiful, but intriguing
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!!!
My favorite is
The best sounding word in my opinion is wuss, or wussage.
Picnic… if you really pronounce the c’s
Most beautiful word(s): ardor; joy; incandescent
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”
I love the way ‘pleniloquent’ falls from the tongue. It’s one of my favourite words to say.
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.
‘Magic’ is my personal favorite
Works well in any poem.
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?
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)
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
im go for “nimbus”
Serephina I think is a beautiful name.
I like Tusks, the s-k-s is very fun to pronounce.
Nicholas Lopes, your more bored than I am.
And lol @ ErikwithaK ! Horny much?
Omnipotent is soooooooooooooooooo cool. But i cant beeleeve no on said Harry potter is the most awesome word ever!!!!!!
My contribution for the most beautiful word is ” rhapsody”. Evokes images of soothing music, a sense of being well-orchestrated…..
I have to say the word i love is ‘Freedom’. It’s just perfect
I have always loved the word ‘Meadow’. And ’serene’.
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!
A word that a lot of people find gross but I find delightful: Rat. I love my pet ratties!
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.
Dictionary is my favorite word.
It reminds me of a website… THIS WEBSITE.
I love the word respect and freedom! Such harmony….
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.)
“tender” and “Belly” are my 2 favorites they work well together also I say belly 25 times a day.
May fav is “blur”.
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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.
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)
serpentine, clock, acquiescence
fluently, flawless, flummoxing, wonderful, relaxation,vacation, roll, rumble, breeze, sentinence
Government, Taxation, chortle, slither, gobbledygook, therapist, mitochondria, slobber, slather, slurp, piston, manhole, Uranus, bipartisan, collagen, uvula, penile
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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