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Songwriters need words: The 100 Most Beautiful Words!

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Since St Valentine's Day is approaching, I'd imagine some of us will be writing songs for the occasion.

 

To round out your word-horde, check out this list. There are some surprising and beautiful words. Perhaps this will inspire a challenge?

 

Who knew that a colporteur was a book peddlar, not a great songwriter? I think from this moment on I will describe interesting meals as esculent with the hopes that my host will think I've said excellent. While I enjoy fugues, I will continue to keep my distance from fugacioius. Tintinnabulation has a ringing quality and reminds me that I've written an ode to tinnitus that I should record.

 

Some of these words remind me of Mark Twain's adage, "Use the right word, not its second cousin."

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Here are the 100 most beautiful words in English. How do we know? Dr. Goodword (Dr. Robert Beard, known as
Dr. Language
at yourDictionary.com for five years) has been defining words for 30 years. Since the year 2000, he has been writing a daily word sent our as the Word of the Day at yourDictionary and as the Good Word at alphaDictionary.

Methinks Dr Goodword needed the help of a beautiful editor... Also, for someone who has apparently singlehandedly "been defining words for 30 years" -- many of his definitions seem downright jejune and -- dare I say it -- pretty unoriginal. Perhaps it might be more accurate to say he's been distilling others' definitions into pithy two or three word definitions or synonym lists.

 

Now, some of the other definitions that aren't straight out of someone else's dictionary and seem vaguely unique or original are so mainly because of their idiosyncracy... glamour is now a synonym for beauty?

 

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Tintinnabulation has a ringing quality and reminds me that I've written an ode to tinnitus that I should record.

 

Then I shall promptly get started on my ode to ten-to-nine-us and call it Eight-Fifty.

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"Dear Sir or Madame,

 

I'm sending you this missive because I am exuberant about your felicitous and foudroyant oeuvre.

 

Your blandiloquent and mellifluous rhapsody is as effervescent and dulcet as champagne. The way the vocals imbricate adroitly has me lilting and gamboling.

 

I don't mean to sound obsequious, but your quintessential panoply will be a panacea for me sempiternally.

 

My propinquity is to send you a plethora of money. I'm sure your career with A Big Record Company will be halcyon.

 

Signed,

A Big Record Company Exec."

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"Dear Sir or Madame,


I'm sending you this missive because I am exuberant about your felicitous and foudroyant oeuvre.


Your blandiloquent and mellifluous rhapsody is as effervescent and dulcet as champagne. The way the vocals imbricate adroitly has me lilting and gamboling.


I don't mean to sound obsequious, but your quintessential panoply will be a panacea for me sempiternally.


My propinquity is to send you a plethora of money. I'm sure your career with A Big Record Company will be halcyon.


Signed,

A Big Record Company Exec."

 

:thu:

 

 

All I ask is that I'm big in Japan!

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Don't get me wrong... there are some fun words there... it's not too often I see that many unfamiliar words in one place (outside spelling bee word lists, anyhow)... but why does he think some of these are beautiful?

 

I mean, blandiloquent? Caliginous?

 

Gadzooks.

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Don't get me wrong... there are some fun words there... it's not too often I see that many unfamiliar words in one place (outside spelling bee word lists, anyhow)... but
why
does he think some of these are
beautiful?


I mean,
blandiloquent?
Caliginous
?


Gadzooks.

 

Must you beleaguer? :poke: 'Zounds!

 

You'll notice that Todzilla effectively used gossamer. ;)

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Leave it to Stack to adumbrate such a foudroyant imbroglio such as this. I generally eschew such an adroit discussion of such esoteric subjects but I will attempt with ebullience to conflate my...

 

Oh, to hell with it. Nice list.

 

EG

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