The 100 most beautiful words

Alison Flood toys cat-like with the 100 most beautiful words over at the Guardian book blog. Now I’m more of a storyteller than a wordsmith, and once appalled a friend by saying that words for me were just a means to end, but even I can see the pleasure in these words. Looking at the full list I’m torn between cynosure (a focal point of admiration) and penumbra (a half shadow, the edge of a shadow). The latter wins out however, both on the aesthetic level, and on meaning.

Now how about the 100 ugliest words. Thuggery? Spitefulness? Bankruptcy? Hmmm….

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