Monthly Archives: September 2010

Tre Magnifique: The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

You mean you only picked 100,  Mr. Beard?? Robert Beard, writer of poetry, dictionaries, and all around logophile, has selected 100 of his favorite words in his book The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English. Considering the English Language has about 200,000+ words to choose from, this could not have been an elementary task. His delightful book  breaks each down into magnificent one-page descriptions, including entomology, use, and fun, surprising facts.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Halcyon: sunny, happy, or care-free

Scintilla: a spark or very small thing

Dulcet: sweet, sugary

Woebegone: sorrowful, downcast

The argument for the sound of a word having a direct physical or emotional effect on a person directly relates to the book I’m currently devouring. It’s the first book of poetry I’ve ever read in entirety, and I cannot wait to let you all know what I think!