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The most beautiful word is... #128862 12/03/04 03:19 PM
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Mother's the word

David Ward
Thursday November 25, 2004
The Guardian

Think about the word mother: does it make you burst into a fantastic smile as you think of the woman you will love with a passion for all eternity, she who guides your destiny towards freedom, liberty and perhaps tranquility?
If your answer is yes, you will have embraced your mum and the 10 English words that came top in a survey of favourites conducted by the British Council.

You may, on the other hand, reply: "Oi! I am flabbergasted that such a loquacious, hilarious and far from gorgeous explosion of nouns and adjectives should have been plucked from serendipity under the umbrella of so cosmopolitan and sophisticated an organisation." In which case, you will have clocked up 10 more words from the list of 70 gathered to mark the council's 70th birthday. You can use up eight more by pulling on your flip-flop, reaching for your coconut and riding with a giggle over the rainbow on your cute kangaroo to your hen night before you turn into a pumpkin.

The wordlist, which contains only one verb (cherish) which is not also a noun, 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.

"It's interesting that mother, the only word of the 70 that describes a direct relationship between people, came top of the poll," said Greg Selby, the council's communications and marketing officer, who managed the project.

The magnificent 70


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

http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1359056,00.html

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128863 12/03/04 03:31 PM
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What about exellent, sinceare, honest,
faithful, Concept, Utopia, idea, magic
and Romantic.

I love those word. Maybe I am old fashionate
or rational.

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128864 12/03/04 05:56 PM
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Jaga, mother is a beautiful word indeed. Read the book free online:
Mother by Maxim Gorky
http://www.classicreader.com/booktoc.php/bookid.2178/
To me, however, love is the most beautiful word:
About Love by Anton Chekov
http://www.classicreader.com/read.php/sid.6/bookid.1597/
Carl

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And books & short stories by Joseph Conrad:
http://www.classicreader.com/author.php/aut.16/

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128866 12/03/04 10:59 PM
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I used to keep a list of beautiful words in my journal when I was a child. Serendipity was always my favorite. In our family, if we got lost on a family outing, we declared it a serendipity outing and looked for something fun to do--whatever we happened to discover. We found the most amazing things that way, but we also learned to take a challenge a make it into something special. Maybe that's why I liked the word.

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128867 12/04/04 01:44 AM
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In the beginning there was the word...

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128868 12/04/04 04:58 AM
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Terrie,

thanks for stopping by in the forum and for your reflection.

Carl, Pieter,

thanks for suggestions

For my 4.5 years old daughter "mommy" is really the word and the world! But there are thousands of other words which would be probably more important for her later in life

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128869 12/04/04 01:21 PM
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Mother or mommy will be always one of the most important words out of respect for the person who
gave birth to you and guided you in your early life.
So in that perspective "mommy" will stay an important
word in her life, but later she will more likely use words
like mom or mother. In South-Africa it was funny to
hear a 33 years old mother of two kids (my sister)
and a 34 year old guy (myself) saying "Mamma"
duch for "Mommy" or Mother to our mother.
Because we see eachother so rarely we do not use that
word much. You don't use it in phonecalls with your mother. Now I think of it I use the word Dad less than mother. In families the mother is the central person.

As a kid it was funny to hear my mother speak Polish to her mother in Poz�an on the phone, and using the word Mammo. Because the connection was very bad she spoke very loudly. Mammo, Mammo, Mammo, .....
are you there (in Polish ofcourse).
I first heard Polish due to my mothers phone calls with
Poland and America.

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128870 12/04/04 01:54 PM
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Mother or mommy will be always one of the most important words out of respect for the person who
gave birth to you and guided you in your early life.
So in that perspective "mommy" will stay an important
word in her life, but later she will more likely use words
like mom or mother. In South-Africa it was funny to
hear a 33 years old mother of two kids (my sister)
and a 34 year old guy (myself) saying "Mamma"
duch for "Mommy" or Mother to our mother.
Because we see eachother so rarely we do not use that
word much. You don't use it in phonecalls with your mother. Now I think of it I use the word Dad less than mother. In families the mother is the central person.

As a kid it was funny to hear my mother speak Polish to her mother in Poz�an on the phone, and using the word Mammo. Because the connection was very bad she spoke very loudly. Mammo, Mammo, Mammo, .....
are you there (in Polish ofcourse).
I first heard Polish due to my mothers phone calls with
Poland and America.

Re: The most beautiful word is... #128871 12/06/04 12:18 AM
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You are going to think I'm an awful person. Try not to when I say this........

The word "Mother" always makes my hair stand on end. My mother is not a nice person. She was never kind to any of her children and was as about as hateful as a person could be. I witnessed her hurting a lot of people.

Now she is very old and has outlived all of her "nice" contemporaries. She needs a lot of help. I give her that help because it is my duty, but I feel physically ill when I have to be around her.

I am a mother of two young men. I have tried my best to be a good mother to them. Not repeat history. I HATE Mother's Day though. I look at the greeting cards and always leave without one. My sister says she has cried while looking at them.

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