In 2004, the British Council (a UK organization specializing in international cultural and educational opportunities) carried out a survey to celebrate their 70th anniversary. They asked over 7,000 learners in forty-six countries what they considered to be the most beautiful words in English. They also ran an online poll on their websites abroad. Over 35,000 people voted. Here are the top fifty most beautiful words.
Notice that the list consists of words that invoke good feelings. Perhaps a particular word is a reminder of a special event or brings to mind an amusing or pleasant memory. Notice how some words just roll off the tongue, others invite positive thoughts. Notice that the first word is “mother”.