In a survey conducted in 2004 by the British Council which asked more than 40,000 people around the world to rank the most beautiful words among a list of 70 words found MOTHER first, followed by PASSION, SMILE, LOVE, and ETERNITY.
A poll of American writers, poets and critics listed these words as their favorites: HOME, CHATTANOOGA, MELODY, NOBILITY, VERMILION, GRACIOUS, PAVEMENT, LOVELY, HARBORS OF MEMORY, NEVERMORE, VIOLET, LAKE, LAUGHTER, WILLOW, and LOVELY
The ten worst-sounding words in English, according to a poll by the National Association of Teachers of Speech in August, 1946 are: CACOPHONY, CRUNCH, FLATULENT, GRIPE, JAZZ, PHLEGMATIC, PLUMP, PLUTOCRAT, SAP, and TREACHERY.
Do you agree with these? Do you have a favorite sounding word or words? Are there any words you dislike the sound of? List them in the comments section. You can use this site for suggestions. If you do this as an entry in your journal, please come back and leave a full entry URL so that we can go back and read your entry. Thanks!
My answer: Going back and reading through these lists, I basically agree. I actually like a couple of words on the worst-sounding list. I like the sound of JAZZ and CRUNCH. I think one of my very favorite sounding word is HUSH and that isn't on the lists. I also love the sound of WILLOW. The word LOVE sounds very beautiful to me as well. What about you? Do you have any favorite sounding words? Least favorite sounding words?
I am going to list everyone's favorite and least favorite words in about a week. I am excited to see what the lists will be! Thanks everyone! Hope everyone is having a good start to their week! Hugs, Val xox
I'm a gal with chronic pain and illness who has been forced to live life slowly. I appreciate this pace. I've learned to notice small joys and smell the flowers along the way =). Come in and say hello...