The Most Beautiful 2 Words in the English Language

Jul 19th 2011

As a guy who uses language and stuff wordsmith, I couldn't resist clicking this headline when I saw it recently:

What’s the Most Beautiful Word in the English Language?

That headline led me to a post on a blog called GalleyCat, which mentioned yet another blog, called Deshoda, that had "compiled a list of the 100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language."

Since both of the blogs in question are run by editorial types, their lists include words like ephemeral and lagoon and onomatopoeia.

All nice words, no question. Evocative, mellifluent, packed with meaning. But we runners know better. We know that the most beautiful word in the English language is actually two words:

If there's a more glorious phrase in this world, I have yet to see it.

And yeah, technically one of those words is a number. I stand by my vote.