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Beautiful words

“The most beautiful words in the English language are ‘not guilty’.”

Maxim Gorky

I went around our school, asking the team what were the most beautiful words in English language according to them. Some of them surprised me, some of them didn’t. Want to see which words we think are the most beautiful in English according to Castleforbes College staff?

Frank said that to him, the word vindication is the most beautiful one. (Frank’s special like that.) What does vindication mean?

vindication (noun) 1. The act of vindicating or condition of being vindicated.
2. The defense, such as evidence or argument, that serves to justify a claim or deed.

Rachel finds loquacious to be the most beautiful word.

loquacious (adjective) Very talkative; garrulous.

Adrian was cheeky and told me the most beautiful word for him was beautiful

beautiful (adjective) 1. Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight.
2. Excellent; wonderful

Ylinel chose lovely,

(adjective) 1. Full of love; loving.
2. Inspiring love or affection.
3. Having beauty that appeals to the emotions as well as to the eye. See Synonyms at beautiful.
4. Enjoyable; delightful.

Andrea told me his favourite word is brilliant.

brilliant (adjective) 1. Full of light; shining. See Synonyms at bright.
2. Relating to or being a hue that has a combination of high lightness and strong saturation.
3. Sharp and clear in tone.
4. Glorious; magnificent: the brilliant court life at Versailles.
5. Superb; wonderful: The soloist gave a brilliant performance.
6. Marked by unusual and impressive intellectual acuteness: a brilliant mind; a brilliant solution to the problem.

And which word do I find to be the most beautiful? Mesmerizing because I love how it sounds when it’s pronounced.

mesmerizing (verb) 1. To spellbind; enthrall: “He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence” (Justin Kaplan).
2. To hypnotize.

What is your favourite word? Or, which word do you think is the most beautiful?

Ten things you might not have known about the English language

Fantastic post on things about English that you don’t really realise. A definite must read for those who love languages!

Oxford University Press

Mystery boxAlex Hammond writes for ESL – Language Travel. In this guest post, he reveals a few little-known facts about the origins of the English language.

Hey, English speaker! Congratulations. You speak a language that straddles the globe like nothing before. Statistically, English is unlikely to be your first language and you are likely to be from an educated background. Again, congratulations.

Here are ten things that you may not have known about this wonderful language of ours:

1. It is the only major language without an academy to guide it

L’Académie française, based in Paris, is in charge of overseeing the French language. Part of its job is suggesting alternatives for the English words that are pouring into French. That’s how email became courriel, for example (although you will still hear it called e-mail in French).

For Spanish there is the Real Academia Española. German has the Rat…

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