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    chocolate cake


    On a side note, I believe it was Tolkien who said that "cellar door" was the nicest sounding phrase in English. It was also mentioned in Donnie Darko.
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    "Most English-speaking people...will admit that cellar door is 'beautiful', especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful. Well then, in Welsh for me cellar doors are extraordinarily frequent, and moving to the higher dimension, the words in which there is pleasure in the contemplation of the association of form and sense are abundant"
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    (Original post by ily_em)
    I assume it's 'cellar door' because of the sounds it makes? Trying to work out what features in particular make it so :holmes:

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    Tolkien popularised the idea of cellar door's beauty and based his Elvish languages off its phonetics. But Wiki says the idea was already current, and a particular favourite of Poe, who used the same run of vowels in The Raven: "nevermore".

    The consonants run sibilant-liquid, stop-liquid, which is held to be an interesting rhythm, presumably because the first word is all one flow of air and then there's the abrupt stop before another flow of air.

    All entirely subjective though, it really annoys me when someone says one language or phrase is more beautiful than another.
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    Not a word, but rather a phrase:
    "I'm too drunk to care which hole, your choice" :ahee:
    :awesome:
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    (Original post by Lewroll)
    According to the folks down at Dictionary.com, the most euphonious phrase in the english language is...
    Cellar Door
    Yep, thats right cellar door. Say it out loud. Feel the words leave your lips. Feels nice doesnt it?
    Now I was as suprised as I expect you are (unless youve read the article, in which case you wont be very surprised -_-). And I was wondering what TSRs favourite word/ phrase was. What do you think is the most beautiful word in the english language?
    ****.
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    I've always found 'eloquence' to be a lovely word, that and 'moiety'.
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    Cunnilingus

    Yes I know what it means, stop being immature, I like the WORD
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    voluptuous
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    Clunk is an amazing word.
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    symphony
    solace

    cellar door is still the greatest phrase ever though
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    cellar door. aww. that's lovely (:

    i like the word 'diary'!
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    I second 'ephemeral' and 'ethereal'

    Adding to that:

    i) melancholia
    ii) nostalgia
    iii) cerulean
    iv) summer
    v) euphoria

    These are my personal favourites
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    Moist. :sexface:
    LOL, a few of the boys in my class absolutely hate the word moist. Says it creeps them out something awful. XD Says it's the worst word ever.
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    cataclysmic
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    hmm really not feeling "cellar door" as the MOST beautiful
    i like "epiphany", "solstice", "conundrum", and "autumn"
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    arigato i alwats liked
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    (Original post by Eclectic Styles)
    Got the result you were looking for from that little piece of paper, huh?

    (You know that ain't bad... )
    I don't get it? :dontknow:
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      Pneomonoultramicroscopicsilicovo lcanoconiosis.

      EDIT: without the space, which the forum puts in for some reason.
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      But ...

      Cellar door is two words...

      *Brain explodes*.
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