The 12 Most Delightful Words In The English Language


"Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within."

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Five months ago I wrote an entry titled The 22 Most Delightful Words On Earth, ever since I’ve been asked numerous times to replicate it (it seems that the ethereal exquisiteness of words is a pleasure we all adore to dive into), this time I decided to concentrate on the beauty of one single tongue, hence here - solely for the rapture of your mind - I present the twelve most delightful words in the English language.


Aquiver

Quivering, trembling.

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Ineffable

Too great to be expressed in words.

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Hiraeth

A homesickness for a home you can't return to, or that never was.

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Limerence

The state of being bewitched and captivated by someone.

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Supine

Lying face upwards.

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Syzygy

An alignment of celestial bodies.

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Phosphenes

The light and colours produced by rubbing your eyes.

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Denouement

The resolution of a narrative.

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Vellichor

The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

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Defenestration

The act of throwing someone out of a window.

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Sonder

The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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 Bonus

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Frowst

A 19th-Century slang word for ‘extra time spent in bed on a Sunday’

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Cromulent

Appearing authentic while actually being false.

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"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind."


- Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam 

Ava