by Karen Ball
As someone who has studied other languages (French, Spanish, and Russian), I love the physicality of words. When you speak either French or Russian, your whole lower face gets a workout. It’s as though you’re tasting the words as well as speaking them.
Happily, English has words like that as well. Consider the following:
Words like these are not only fun to use, they’re fun to say. The feel of some even reflect their meaning. Impecunious has a tight, stingy feel to it. Mellifluous rolls off the tongue. Flummery feels a bit foolish as it escapes you.
I was trolling the internet, just looking for articles on felicitous (there’s another one!) words, and came across a delightful site: The 100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language.
Writers, Readers, Word Lovers, do yourselves a favor and check it out! I had a blast just trying to pronounce some of them. And I thought there were several that should have been on the list.
How about you? I’ll share my words after some of you share yours.