The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

By Robert Beard

This publication explores what's attractive in English phrases by means of taking a look heavily on the a hundred most lovable of them chosen by means of Dr. Robert Beard, previously Dr. Language at and at present Dr. Goodword at The e-book starts with an essay on what makes phrases attractive and a heritage essay at the relationships among ecu and Indian languages. this is often by way of essays that study the pronunciation, that means, utilization, and historical past of phrases like cynosure, desultory, ephemeral, gambol, petrichor, serendipity, and Susquehanna. every one note is observed by way of inventive examples that includes Beard's normal forged of characters, together with Natalie Cladd, Maude Lynn cloth cabinet, Gilda Lilly and the twins, Rita and Rhoda publication.

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Boycott (1832-1897) is the eponym of the verb boycott. Etymology. The examine of the historical past of phrases undertaken by way of etymologists. Euphemism. an appropriate expression utilized in position of an unacceptable or taboo on, resembling pee for the four-letter be aware, Gee-whiz for “Jesus,” or golly for “God. ” Fickle N. An N ([n] sound) that comes and is going in a few Proto-Indo-European phrases for purposes we don’t comprehend. we discover it within the Latin infinitive frangere “to holiday” yet no longer some time past participle fractus “broken. ” Fickle S. An S ([s] sound) chanced on at first of a few Proto-Indo-European phrases in a few languages yet now not others, e. g. English slack comes from an identical root as Latin laxus “lax. ” people etymology. Reanalyzing a international Wordso that it really is suitable with local phrases, because the foreign-sounding Spanish cucaracha used to be switched over into cockroach, made of English phrases. Frequentative. a distinct type of a verb which shows that an motion is repeated greater than as soon as. Indo-European. concerning these languages of India with the exception of the southern tip, Iran (Persian), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the non-native languages of the Americas, the ecu countries apart from the Basque areas of Spain, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia, and Finland. The languages that constructed from Proto-Indo-European (for which see below). Intransitive verb. A verb that doesn't settle for an instantaneous item, a noun or noun word that refers back to the item on which the motion of the verb is conducted. Mildred sleeps; Mildred can't sleep something. Lexical. bearing on phrases, vocabularies, and dictionaries. Linguistics. The medical research of language. A linguist isn't inevitably a polyglot, an individual who speaks a couple of language, nor a translator. he's a psychologist who reports the constitution of language utilizing medical tools. Mass noun. A noun bearing on a substance or abstraction that can't be counted, e. g. contemplation, relaxation, languor. Mass nouns can't be plural. Metathesis. sounds switching areas as in announcing ask, aks or the pronunciation of prescription as perscription. heart English. English spoken from the center of the twelfth century to approximately 1470. smooth English. English because it is spoken this present day, when you consider that 1470. outdated English. The earliest kind of English, spoken from the mid fifth century to the mid twelfth century in what's at the present time England and Southern Scotland. Onomatopoeia. The production of a notice that seems like the sound it represents, e. g. quack, meow, crack, slosh. Participle. A verb shape that capabilities as an adjective. English has a gift participle, e. g. tense in “the tense boy,” and a earlier participle, e. g. frustrated, in “the guy pissed off via the boy. ” Pejorative. Having adverse connotations. Proto-Indo-European (PIE). An historical language that most likely existed approximately 5000-6000 years in the past in what at the present time is jap Poland and western Ukraine. There aren't any written documents of the language. it's been reconstructed from the modern languages of India and Europe by way of linguists. Rhotacism. The conversion of an S to an R, as in Latin flos, florem “flower” and genus, generis “kind, sort.

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