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Old 12-22-2010, 12:33 AM   #1
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Diaphanous, Ephemeral, Susquehanna -- 3 of the 100 most beautiful English words

Is your favorite word on the list?

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Old 12-22-2010, 08:04 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:47 AM   #3
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Can Susquehanna be considered 'English'?

Isn't it an American Indian name? Not sure what nation or language, but I always assumed it was Native American.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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I had to look up Susquehanna, and Firefox puts a squiggly line under it, so I'm not sure I'm buying it as a word, grin.

I don't know about beautiful words, but I have some favorites that I enjoy working into stories. Inveigled is at the top of that list.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:51 AM   #5
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I love the sound of Susquehanna, but I'm afraid it always brings to mind a childhood filled with Abbott and Costello movies, and the routine about the Susquehanna Hat Company. ("Susquehanna?!? Susquehanna ?!!!! My brother was killed wearing a Susquehanna Hat!! If he'd been wearing a decent hat when that piano fell on him out of that third-storey window, he might be alive today!!")

Rather takes the gloss off the word.
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I have always loved "Gossamer". I don't think I have ever encountered it used in a negative way.

It has always felt happy, beautiful, and well, just shiny.
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I have always loved "Gossamer". I don't think I have ever encountered it used in a negative way.

It has always felt happy, beautiful, and well, just shiny.
Mmm, in the UK it's the brand name of a condom -
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I recall reading somewhere that the least pleasant word in English was 'crotch'. And a runner up was 'gulch'
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I recall reading somewhere that the least pleasant word in English was 'crotch'. And a runner up was 'gulch'
And Billy Connelly has a whole routine about the word "scrotum".
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