Monday, March 2, 2009

Off the Net

Today's post will be short and cheap, but I think you'll like it. This website lists the 100 most beautiful words in the English language according to some dude named Dr. Robert Beard. There are many, many Dr. Robert Beards, so I don't know who this guy is or what his qualifications are to decide what English's most beautiful words are, but you folks are wordy and interested in the internet by definition, so this link is sure to entertain.

The signs indicate that tomorrow's post will be late and hurried as well. If I'm lucky, I can give an uncharacteristically awesome Wednesday post, but if that hope fails us, it will be Thursday before you get a truly new post.

Brace yourselves.


Scattercat said...

I've seen a (different) list which was compiled via a poll of ESL students. It was interesting to see the intersection of connotation and pronunciation. "Mother" was the #1 ranked on, IIRC, but they also liked words like "lollipop" and "banana."

Anonymous said...

Bah. This is a bad list. Of course, any list like this is incredibly subjective, but calling "adumbrate" a beautiful word? It's got an ugly, bumpy sound, and not a very distinctive meaning. "Esculent" but not "succulent"? Feh. Pretentious. "Mondegreen" though is a nice one, but the list as a whole is not very impressive.