If I were asked to choose the most beautiful-sounding words in the English language, I’d be very hard-pressed to do so!
For me, words are like musical notes. It’s only when they dance together in phrases and sentences, that they create beautiful symphonies … or sometimes crashing disharmonies, for that matter. :)
If I’d thought about it at all, I would never have considered “cellar door” would be held up as one of the most beautiful-sounding – or euphonic – word combinations!
It was also fascinating to browse through the comments on that post, where readers suggested their own choices.
A later post on The Hot Word shared a list of words that had been most commonly mentioned by readers.
What was at the top of that list?
And I have to agree that serendipity is a beautiful word – but not only because of its sound. It’s always been a favourite word of mine because of its meaning.
Other words people suggested most frequently included: soliloquy, epiphany, Elysium and elysian, scissors, vivacious, fudge, telephony, nycthemeron, cinnamon, woodthrush, phosphorescence, lithe, and languorous.
By the way … did you find yourself, as I did, reading that list aloud to hear its music?
What would be your choice? If you’ve got a favourite word or word combination that’s music to your ears, please drop me a line! :)