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What is the most beautiful word in the English language?

 
What makes a word beautiful? The marriage of form, function and sound? The meaning? The etymology?  

Anyway, here is my list.
  1. OK - Alan Metcalf makes a strong case for what he calls 'America's greatest word'. He argues that OK encapsulates the American spirit of tolerance, enterprise and practicality.
  2. Love - the word that features in the title of 12 The Beatles songs (All You Need Is- /Can’t Buy Me -/And I - You). And 113 US Number One singles ...
  3. Yes - Joyce describes this as the female word and has Molly Bloom end Ulysses with a resounding tribute to it: 'yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. " 
  4. Bewitched - beautiful sound, beautiful Rodgers & Hart song, magical idea. Would also enter ‘bothered’ and ‘bewildered but with only five 
  5. Twilight - vampire fans are banned from voting.
  6. Iridescent (ir-i-DES-ent) - ‘brilliant, lustrous, colourful’ - what more could you ask from a word?
Any of those make your list? Or would you prefer one of the alternatives in the poll? Please vote below:

The most beautiful word in the English language?

OK
Love
Iridescent
Twilight
Bewitched
Evocative
Serendipity
Talisman
Audacious
Enchanting
Yes
No


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