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Chapter 4. Words, Words, Words > Royal Words - Pg. 34

Words, Words, Words To help you find the words you need, you can turn to specialized dictionaries as well as the garden- variety ones. Some of these specialized books include Roget's Thesaurus of the English Language , Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, Modern American Usage, and the Dictionary of American Regional English . 34 · Edge city.A suburb that has developed its own political, economic, and commercial base in- dependent of the central city. · Trash talk.Disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments, especially between opponents trying to intimidate each other. But never fear--even highly educated people are likely to know fewer than 10 percent of the words that English boasts, and they are likely to use less than 10 percent of that number regularly in speech and writing--usually fewer than 10,000 words in all. According to several sources, 70 words make up 50 percent of our written language. What does this mean for you? It suggests that you'll have no difficulty mastering the words you need to express yourself clearly and eloquently in writing. You'll be able to find the word you want and need. Royal Words According to The Book of Lists , edited by David Wallechinksy, Irving Wallace, and Amy Wallace, the 10 most beautiful words in the English language are ... Word 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. tranquil murmuring mist melody luminous lullaby hush golden dawn chimes Meaning serene a soft, gentle sound water in the form of particles floating in the air a sweet arrangement of sounds shining song sung to children to lull them to sleep quiet, calm containing gold, relating to gold to begin to grow light as the sun rises a set of bells or slabs of metal, stone, or wood that produce musical tones when struck Carl Sandburg, the poet, disagreed. His choice for the most beautiful word in English was "Mono- ngahela"; James Joyce weighed in with "cuspidor." The French writer Baudelaire chose "hemor- rhoids." Go figure. According to a poll taken by the National Association of Teachers of Speech, the 10 worst-sounding words in English are ... Word 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. cacophony crunch flatulent gripe jazz phlegmatic plump plutocrat Meaning disharmony bite, chomp pretentious complain type of music stoic, impassive chubby member of the ruling class