Britain's Favourite Words
The British people voted on their favourite words in 2002, and the results can be found below:
Source: The Word: The London Festival of Literature
|Serendipity||According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, it is a formal word referring to the lucky tendency to find interesting or valuable things just by chance.||The actress Lana Turner, it is said, was discovered by serendipity at Schwab's Hollywood drug store. |
"Some of the more interesting antiques in my house have been the result of serendipity."
|Quidditch||A word coined by J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, it is a fictitious game of witches and wizards, played with broomsticks.||"It all began when I joined Harry Potter at the Hogwarts Quidditch field to help him prepare for Task 3 of the Triwizard Tournament."|
|Onomatopoeia||This refers to the use of words which have been formed to sound like the noise of the thing that they are describing or representing, e.g. hiss, buzz. (Collins Cobuild)||Japanese has three times the number of onomatopoeic expressions as English.|
|Muggle||Another word invented by J. K. Rowling, it is now being used to describe a narrow-minded, materialistic individual, lacking in imagination, who is not really good enough to be in your peer group or profession.||"Do you want to be a Muggle or a Wizard?"|
"Harry's own mother, Lily, came from a Muggle family."
|Bollocks||This is a swear word, used to express disagreement or irritation. It can also refer to a man's testicles.||"Look at him! He really thinks he's the dog's bollocks! (the best)."|
|Do you have a favourite word that is not listed here? Email it to me and I will add it to the list: teacherkarenb @hotmail.com|
My favourite word has always been 'verisimilitude'. It's rather lengthy and not many people know what it means, but I find it to flow pleasantly off the tongue.
'Tuberculosis' is my favourite word. I just like the sound of it. Wouldn't be particularly keen on actually having it though.
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