Too Many Words

Though it feels like I’m treading in dodgy territory by linking to the Huffington Post, the article below on the five most beautiful words in the English language caught my eye. It seems to be apolitical and agenda-free, but you never know with those pesky liberal publications. And besides, it was somewhat comforting to find that other people wince at the word moist.

The notion that a list of most beautiful words contains only five entries is hard for me to wrap my brain around. What about grace? What about joy? What about children? And, the list actually includes the word a. Huh?  Also, one contributing poet says that belittle is his favorite word this week. Apparently, he has commitment issues.

Being the wordy and big-picture person that I am, considering which specific words I think are most beautiful is completely overwhelming. Instead, I’ll just give in to the old hymn playing in my mind right now and the beautiful memories that come along with it. (Note the composer’s last name: another beautiful word.)

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,

Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;

Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

~Philip Bliss 1874


The Huffington Post – The Five Most Beautiful Words in the English Language


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