70 Favourite Words
- 1/11/2006 <--Prev : Next-->
The British Council undertook a survey to establish
the 70 favourite words in the English language.
The wordlist emerged after the council asked more than
7,000 learners in 46 countries what they considered
the most beautiful words in English language. Some
35,000 other people registered their favourites in an
online poll run in the non-English speaking countries
where the council operates.
Being a Mother myself I can quite understand why the
word "Mother" came out in the number one position !
"It's interesting that "mother", the only word of the
70 that describes a direct relationship between
people, came top of the poll, said the project
Interestingly the word list contained only one verb -
I have listed below the top twenty words, if you would
like to see all seventy of the most beautiful words in
the English language please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course there is also the new "Urban" dictionary,
the modern slang dictionary where words like Bling and
Blog are favourites. In fact new words are added daily
to the Urban dictionary, Mrs Malaprop would have had a
wonderful time with her own particular set of words,
it even contains a few "Yackisms ..."
One word that is in the urban dictionary is "Nucular'
which I always thought was the strange rather
uneducated way in which President Bush says "Nuclear"
however I stand humbled and corrected because the word
nucular, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
"pronunciations ending in \-ky&-l&r\ have been found
in widespread use among educated speakers including
scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, United
States cabinet members, and at least two United States
presidents and one vice president. While most common
in the U.S., these pronunciations have also been heard
from British and Canadian speakers."
Words like "meanderthal" and "alcoholiday" are rather
interesting from the Urban Dictionary. In fact my own
nephew Chris has a beautiful word "otherisation" which
needs to be added to the Urban Dictionary .......
Radonkulus means when something is beyond ridiculous.
Radsome is defined as amazingly radical and awesome.
and of course "humongolodongus" means extremely huge,
bigger than ginormous; but my brother in law David has
an even better word which deserves a place n any urban
dictionary - humongasaurus !!
And instead of an obituary a modern death announcement
is an oblogituary - cyber posting of deceased human
I dread to think which words, in ten years time, will
be voted as the world's top favourite 70 words.