Monday, October 1, 2012

My favorite words in English

Today I stumbled upon a webpage with 100 most beautiful words in English and decided to put together a list of my own. Initially I thought the list would have 10 words or so, just for fun you know. But immediately after I began I realized that I could not stop. What can I do, I'm infatuated with words. When my list got out of control I decided to post it on my blog. I asked my friends for help via Facebook and based on their suggestions and other webpages with the same theme I put together the list below, my favorite words in English. I'm grateful to all who provided suggestions.
This list is very subjective of course so I cannot say what my criteria were. I just like how these words sound or what they mean and in some cases both. Some of them just rolls off the tongue and some of them just look appealing to me in written form. Hope you like them too and share your favorites my fellow logophiles.
Warning: In case you decide to prepare your own list, I want to warn you that this is an EXTREMELY addictive (and FUN \^_^/) activity. I'm done for now but I'm pretty sure I will update this list.

-A-

Ailurophile A person who likes cats
Algebra A branch of mathematics
Algorithm A set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of stepsAmalgamation The act of mixing or merging to combine

Amethyst A purple or violet quartz, used as a gem
Aquiline Of or like the eagle. 
Autumn The season between summer and winter


-B-

Ballistic Pertaining to the study of the motion of projectiles
Beautiful Having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, 
Believable  Convincing or realistic
Bliss Supreme happiness utter joy or contentment
Breathtaking Astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away
Brilliant Distinguished
Brood To be deep in thought, meditate
Bubble A thin, usually spherical or hemispherical film of liquid filled with air or gas

-C-

Catharsis The purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions
Cerulean The blue of the sky
Cinnamon A common culinary spice of dried rolled strips of this bark
Colossal Extraordinarily great in size
Connotation The associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression 
Crepuscular Of, pertaining to or resembling twilight
Crestfallen Dejected; dispirited; discouraged.

-D-

Daydream A series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present
Decipher Convert a code into normal language
Delicious Highly pleasing to the senses
Delight Great pleasure or joy
Delirious In a state of wild excitement or ecstasy or in a disturbed state of mind
Delusional A person who has a false belief or opinion
Disarming Capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming


-E-

Ecology The study of relations and interactions between organisms and their environment
Ecstasy  Rapturous delight
Effervescent Bubbly
Elf A magical creature, fairy
Ephemeral Short lived
Epiphany A sudden revelation
Evanescence To vanish fade away 
Exquisite Of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence
Euphoria A feeling of great happiness or well-being

-F-

Fabulous extremely pleasing and successful 
Feather  One of the light, flat growths forming the plumage of birds
Flawless Having no defects or faults

Flourish To be in a vigorous state; thrive 
Foreshadow To present an indication or a suggestion of beforehand; presage
Forlorn Appearing sad or lonely because deserted or abandoned
Fragile Easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate
Frazzle to exhaust physically or emotionally


-G- 

Geography The science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface
Ginger Spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine

-H-

Harbinger Anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign

 -I-

Inertia The tendency of a body to resist acceleration
Infatuation The state of being possessed with a foolish or unreasoning passion
Influence The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on others
Intelligentsia The intellectual elite.
Interillumination Bakhtin's concept so it's kind of difficult to explain here

-K-

Kindred Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character

-L-

Labyrinth An intricate combination of paths in which it is difficult to reach the exit
Leverage Power or ability to act or to influence people, events, decisions, etc.
Linger To remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected
Lollypop A piece of hard candy attached to the end of a small stick
Lullaby A soothing song with which to lull a child to sleep
Luminous Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

-M-

Melancholy Sadness or depression of the spirits; gloom
Mellifluous Smooth and sweet
Miscellaneous Consisting of members or elements of different kinds
Momentum Impetus of a physical object in motion
Muffin A small, cup-shaped quick bread, often sweetened
Murmurous murmuring 

-N-

Night The period between sunset and sunrise
Nimble Quick, light, or agile in movement or action;
Nexus A means of connection; a link or tie a core or center
Nocturnal of or pertaining to the night
Nocturne A short composition of a romantic or dreamy character suggestive of night, typically for piano.
Numinous Awe-inspiring; profoundly moving; evocative of transcendence

-P- 

Paragraph A distinct division of written or printed matter that begins on an indented line
Parallel  Being an equal distance apart everywhere
Passion A powerful emotion, ardent love, boundless enthusiasm
Pendulum A body suspended from a fixed support so that it swings freely back and forth
Plethora A large quantity
Pumpkin The large pulpy round fruit

-R-

Reminiscence The act or process of recalling past experiences, events
Rhyme Correspondence of terminal sounds of words or of lines of verse
Ruin The remains of a building 

-S-

Sapiosexuality A behavior of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.
Serendipity Finding someone or something while looking for something else
Silhouette A two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object
Soliloquy A discourse in which a character talks to herself without addressing a listener.
Sublime Inspiring awe; impressive
Syllable A unit of spoken language consisting of a single uninterrupted sound formed by a vowel
Symphony An extended piece in three or more movements for symphony orchestra
Symposium A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic
Synonym A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word

-T-

Travail Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil.
Twinkle To shine with slight, intermittent gleams, as distant lights or stars

-U-

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain

-V-

Vespertine Relating to or occurring in the evening 

-W-

Whisper Soft speech produced without full voice

-Z-

Zephyr A gentle breeze


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