Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lovely Words and I Need Your Help

I'm doing a little research project and need help from some of the brightest people I know: you all!

To you, what are three of the loveliest words in the English language?

You can base this on whatever criteria you want: sound, meaning, etc. This is completely subjective, so there are no wrong answers. Include more than three if you like, or if you get stuck, just do one or two. If you want to add why you like those words, please do. Thank you for your help!

I'll post mine later in the comments.

92 comments:

  1. gossamer, elixir and absinthe

    What a great idea, Shelly! I just like the sounds of the above words. I am anxious to read the others' words.

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    1. Cindy: I love the way those roll off my tongue- beautiful!

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  2. Ethereal, sublime, magnanimous. I also have always loved the sound of "latrine," but the meaning of this beautifully sounding word gets in the way.

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    1. Stephen: I had to really laugh at that last one! The others are lovely- sound and meaning.

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    2. Happy, lilting, melodious, melancholy, tsunami, ....there's a lot of really beautiful words our there. I think, in general, words with L and S sounds are fun to say. And, like Cindy and Stephen, I also love the words, absinthe and ethereal.

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    3. The Chicken's Consigliere: I love to say words like that just to feel them roll off my tongue. Such beauty in words!

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  3. Jesus, forgiveness, mercy

    (and a fourth, love :)

    interesting project Shelly!

    betty

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  4. Hi, Shelly! I'm not going to copy off anybody else's paper. This is a brain buster. I had to think about it for a while but I decided three of the loveliest words in the English language are unconditional, forgiveness and acceptance.

    In certain contexts, love can become an icky sticky word. It can be used to manipulate. It might have a list of demands and expectations attached. When preceded by the word unconditional, love is all it was meant to be.

    Forgiveness and acceptance are self explanatory. I might also add tolerance to my list.

    You are always great about letting me know when you will be out of town and might not might be able to comment. I just want you to know it's my turn to take a little trip in the middle of next week. I will be away from blogging Thursday thru Saturday. If you happen to pub another post during that period I will be late commenting but will surely do so upon my return. Happy Sunday to you, dear Shelly, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Shady: What great words. And they all have such special meanings. Thank you for letting me know, and I hope your trip will be wonderful!

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: Those three really soar!

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  6. Thanks for your comment on mine. I read yours earlier and am thinking of my words!!

    xx Jazzy

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    1. jazzygal: Looking forward to them!

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    1. Linda: Great words, and I love the alliteration, as well~

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    1. Christine: Those are great ones- reminds me of Christmas!

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  9. What a difficult task! I could list hundreds, but here's three:
    tomfoolery
    plethora
    flutter

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    1. Amy: My mouth just had a spa day saying those words. What lovely syllables~

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    1. Marsha: Depth and beauty in each of them!

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  11. Shelly, this is a hard one because of all the different categories of words forming in my head already. KNOWING. CARING. FEELING.

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  12. This is my list: Love, Joy, and Happiness.

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  13. Love Jesus. For a third I would add Flowers.
    Had a joyful morning at church, thus the first two words.

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    1. Terra: What beauty in each of those~

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  14. Kindness. Gentleness. Happiness.

    I love these words. Thank you for asking!

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    1. jenny_o: And I would think the first two help lead to the third. Love them~

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    1. Janie: This made me really smile~ sweet kids and their sweet mama~

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  16. Wow Shelly…this is a conundrum. As I sometimes consider myself verbose this is a sticky situation for moi. Hmmm what to choose what to choose? Grace…Goodness…Mercy
    We all need Grace, Goodness can travel and stand up to so much and Mercy is what we all need for all time…
    Much love and thanks for getting the brain going!

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    1. Sush: It is a whole lot harder than it looks, isn't it? I love your three- so rich, strong, and true, just like you, my friend.

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    1. Eva: I just realized when I read yours how elegant assemblage sounds. Love all three~

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    2. onomatopoeia-- because it is fun to say, and no one can spell it.
      well-- because it gives me the pause I need in which to think without having to resort to "uh."
      love-- because it defines the best in all of us, and most of all because God is Love.

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    3. vanilla: Love those three, and onomatopoeia has always been a favorite to say, spell, and teach!

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  18. Three words, huh? And, I can put them in a sentence. A NEW DAWN

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    1. sorry...I'm in my birding admin this morning, and this is Hootin' Anni :o)

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    2. HOOTIN ANNI: You are a true poet, my friend~

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    3. HOOTIN ANNI: And I knew it was my friend, HOOTIN ANNI!

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  19. Mom (from my son's mouth), Yes, and LY (in texts). ;)

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  20. Of course you ask...and my mind goes blank. I like the sound of a lot of words - meandering, pizzazz, hiccup. The meaning of words like love, adore. Not exactly what you asked for, but not shabby for a blank mind :)

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    1. Carol: I'd say your brain isn't blank at all, because all of those are pretty neat words. I love saying pizzazz...

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  21. Sacred, freedom, peace. I love this idea! At first I thought it would be tough to come up with something delicious and meaningful, but these three words mean everything to me.

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    1. Jenny: There is so much packed into each of those words, and they cover such a span. Beautiful!

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  22. Shelly,Love, Beautiful, Grace, Lovely, Children, I could go on and on....

    One priest at the Cathedral here in town, (we go there for the noon Mass) blesses the children on their heads and he says to each, "Jesus LOVES the little children." I love it when he says those words, with so much meaning. Just thought I'd share, this made me think of it.

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    1. Jamie Jo: Wonderful words! And I love picturing how he must say that over your kids- what a special thing for him to do~

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  23. I meant to add Jesus and Mercy...I said I could go on and on.....

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  24. I use the word baby and bubba and friend with Cooper and he loves it when I tell him he is my best friend

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    1. esboston: Oh, I love thinking about Cooper and how good he feels when you tell him that!

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  25. Kindness, emotion and family, but of course there are thousands of others. I know you will forgive (you see, there's another one, forgiveness!) the shortness of my comment.

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    1. thisisme: Such lovely words, my friend. I do pray for good days for you all. Please take care~

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  26. Okay. I don't see my answer, even though I think I posted it yesterday. So I'll try this again. Three favorite words: I love you. Nicest sounding word: syphilis (even though what it is, isn't nice at all)!

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    1. Sherry- Have to admit, the syphilis made me laugh, but it is a very nice sounding word minus the meaning. Great words~

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  27. Three of my favorite words just happen to go together nicely - God loves you. I think they sum up the remedy for most anything. :)

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  28. Shelly, when this was first posted, I stalled trying to decide whether to just put the first three words that came to mind, three that I love for their sound and physical texture, three that define my being. I decided to go with the three that I love for their sound and physical texture after a hard long drive today in the bright sun. My words, Shetland, Merino, Silk.

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    1. Mountaingmom: Those words are beautiful, and the images they bring with them are glorious!

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  29. Here's some lovely words:

    Birthday blessings wished for one of the sweetest women I know, we are sisters in Christ and in the heart. God bless you, Happy birthday Shelly!! (you ol' lady!!)

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    1. Jamie: Awww, thank you, my sweet friend! And hey- I'm celebrating my 21st birthday (or the anniversary of it!)

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  30. Meander. Trust. Cookie Thanks for making me smile just thinking of my favorite words!

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    1. Bossy Betty: Love those- that last one, especially, makes me smile, too!

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  31. Okay, here's my three... comforting... words: chocolate, velvet and serenity.

    I also like the very self-describing discombobulated!

    xx Jazzy

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    1. jazzygal: The very picture of comfort! I love these you chose, even the last one, which could describe me!

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    1. Buttons: You're very welcome, sweet friend!

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  33. My favorites are love, joy and peace.

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    1. Kathy: Those are also at the top of my list~

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    1. Missed Periods: They sound neat when you say them all as one word~

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  35. This was harder than I thought Shelly. I had to really think about it for a while. So here goes:
    Justice - I've always been one for making sure everything is fair and equal.
    Honesty - I like the truth even when it hurts and I like people who are upfront.
    Reliable - I like to be as reliable as I can, and I like the same in others.

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    1. Rum-Punch Drunk: Those words have substantial meanings for me, too. Great choices~

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    1. Janette Dolores: Those are power packed words! Do they have a link to each other?

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    2. Absolutely. I don't know which one is more powerful because I see them as linked in a circle, but maybe "hope" and "boundaries" are what make for a better "tomorrow." :-)

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    3. Janette Dolores: I love that!

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  37. First, I love your two little Ozzie boys.. They will keep you safe when they are full grown, but wouldn't you love to keep them little forever. What makes you decide to consistently read and respond to another person's blog? In one word, FRIENDSHIP... gosh, I have made like minded friends on here that otherwise would have remained strangers... What a joy! Not that I always deserve the loyalty. This past year has been a challenge with Bible college, and I have learned so much. We never know it all so I will keep on discovering about the Lord as the Holy Spirit directs.. Now... I want to ask you the same question. What makes you decide to consistently read and respond to another person's blog? xxxx love sent. xx

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    1. Crystal Mary: Those little boys are so sweet, but I can already tell they are going to be great protectors of us all. I enjoyed reading your answer. I stayed in blogging for the same reason- the friendships and connections I've made here. My life would be nowhere near as rich nor would I have the added joy of knowing all my blogging friends. Good on you for the school!

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