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Rahi Moosavi  Identity Verified
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Nov 27, 2004

Mother is the most beautiful word in the English language, according to a survey of over 40,000 overseas voters and learners of English at British Council teaching centres. The survey was conducted by the British Council to coincide with its 70th anniversary celebrations

The British Council asked over 7,000 learners in 46 countries what they considered to be the most beautiful words in the English language. In addition an online poll was run via British Council websites in all non-English speaking countries. Over 35,000 people voted.

According to the survey results, the top ten most beautiful words in the English language are as follows:

1- Mother
2- Passion
3- Smile
4- Love
5- Eternity
6- Fantastic
7- Destiny
8- Freedom
9- Liberty
10- Tranquillity

The full results are as follows:

11. Peace
12. Blossom
13. Sunshine
14. Sweetheart
15. Gorgeous
16. Cherish
17. Enthusiasm
18. Hope
19. Grace
20. Rainbow
21. Blue
22. Sunflower
23. Twinkle
24. Serendipity
25. Bliss
26. Lullaby
27. Sophisticated
28. Renaissance
29. Cute
30. Cosy
31. Butterfly
32. Galaxy
33. Hilarious
34. Moment
35. Extravaganza
36. Aqua
37. Sentiment
38. Cosmopolitan
39. Bubble
40. Pumpkin
41. Banana
42. Lollipop
43. If
44. Bumblebee
45. Giggle
46. Paradox
47. Delicacy
48. Peekaboo
49. Umbrella
50. Kangaroo
51. Flabbergasted
52. Hippopotamus
53. Gothic
54. Coconut
55. Smashing
56. Whoops
57. Tickle
58. Loquacious
59. Flip-flop
60. Smithereens
61. Oi
62. Gazebo
63. Hiccup
64. Hodgepodge
65. Shipshape
66. Explosion
67. Fuselage
68. Zing
69. Gum

[Edited at 2004-11-27 13:33]

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Robert INGLEDEW  Identity Verified
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I can hardly believe that "honey" is not in the list Nov 27, 2004

It must be the favorite, at least for teenagers...

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Fascinating list Nov 28, 2004

Thank you, Rahi

I find it very interesting that Destiny is #7 and Peace is only #11. Can someone imagine why destiny rated so highly?

[Edited at 2004-11-28 14:01]

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Alas, my favorite word is not mentioned... Nov 29, 2004

And that is "nourish," which has not only a beautiful meaning, but is pleasant to the tongue and the ear when spoken.

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Amal Al-Arfaj
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Interesting! Dec 2, 2004

Very interesting list. Thanks Rahi!

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Dennis Potter Dec 10, 2004

That list doesn't include Dennis Potter's favorite: ELBOW.

Sounds and looks so sweet.


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