What’s your favourite English word?

Posted by on May 26, 2010

While enjoying the truly international feel of April’s IATEFL conference in Harrogate we also took the opportunity to ask delegates this simple question:

What’s your favourite English word and why?

Here’s a short video of some of the answers:

Tell us what your favourite word is and why by posting a comment to this post.

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Comments (95)
  • UMBRELLA is my favorite words. It is a strong word besides loving its sound.

    Posted by Ivone Gravina on 18th January, 2011
  • Exquisite is my favorite word….

    Posted by Beqa Kirtava on 21st January, 2011
  • It’s difficult to choose only one word, for I like many words. Two words I like the most are: satisfied & complacent, cuz my name “Radia” in my language, Arabic, means that. I like the sound of satisfied and the meaning of complacent as it means so satisfied. I also like the word courageous. Radia, Libya.

    Posted by Radia on 22nd January, 2011
  • I like the word “sunshine” the most. Its warmth, glittering and spirituous. It shows a good start, hope and yet…lucky! I wanna be “sunshine in the rain”

    Posted by hasmida hamza on 28th January, 2011
  • MY favorite word is wherever, because it sounds good…

    Posted by Fabiola on 31st January, 2011
  • My favorite is SOURCE… =]
    It just sounds very nice and the meaning is great!

    Posted by TBruno Lima on 6th February, 2011
  • My favourite word is APPRECIATE…

    Posted by Eszter Gottschall on 7th February, 2011
  • My favorite word is zucchini ^^ It sounds great !!!!

    Posted by Zoé on 9th February, 2011
  • One of my favourite word is enthusiastic (sorry, I know I’m not being very original), it took me ages to be able to pronounce it correctly! I also like outrageous and forerunner.

    Posted by Julia García on 9th February, 2011
  • My favorite word is resplendent. It sounds as grand as the sun

    Posted by Raji on 12th February, 2011
  • my favorite words are serenity mmm..and serendipity…oh and sentinel…
    I love the way they sssound 🙂

    Posted by Sandra on 16th February, 2011
  • ‘Indigo” is great – it manages to sound both cozy and dangerous.

    Posted by Lorraine on 9th March, 2011
  • One of my favourite English words is EXTRAORDINARY! Firstly because of the pronounciation, especially when being uttered by my Brittish friends, secondly due to its meaning which is so “out of the way”! =)
    I also love the words HILLARIOUS, FABULOUS and BRILLIANT! Same too reasons!

    Posted by Wee on 12th March, 2011
  • Well, my favourite English word would be “bee”. I don’t know, it just sounds so cute and you instantly can imagine the sound of bees. And you might forget that they can sting, too. So yeah, that’s my favourite word.

    Posted by Lingi on 15th March, 2011
  • I love the word ‘procrastination’ because it doesn’t exist in my mother tongue (German), because it sounds sophisticated and because I can use it to tell people in a nice way that they should get their work done 😉

    Posted by Petra Pointner on 16th March, 2011
  • My favorite English word is “perhaps” I like to pronounce it and the sound when someone else pronounce it.

    Posted by Rosalba Victoria on 24th March, 2011
  • My favourite English word is “LOVE”…….. 🙂

    Posted by simone on 23rd May, 2011
  • My favorite word is “Serendipity” The first time I heard about this word was in a movie….I like it for its meaning and because in my mother tongue, Spanish, there is not a word that means the same.

    Posted by Nora Petruccelli on 24th May, 2011
  • “payday”.. no seriously.. well half-seriously “acquiese” or “lascivious” 😉

    Posted by Dominic on 25th May, 2011
  • that should be “acquiesce”.. can’t spell so why do I teach English??

    Posted by Dominic on 25th May, 2011
  • My favorite English word is “twilight” because it asociates with two lovely things bird twitting and day light )

    Posted by Tatiana Sokolova on 28th May, 2011
  • I definitely love the sound of “scissors”: you can feel how paper is cut when you pronounce it. And also “Malmsey”, which reminds me of my English History lessons at university…. the Tudors always drank that wine in my teacher’s opinion. Some years later I travelled to Sicily and tasted the local variety of it… Wonderful! Finally, 2 more words: “pristine” and “gorgeous”.

    Posted by gabi garcía-teruel on 1st June, 2011
  • hey guys what do you think of..


    i think it’s cool.

    Posted by Desiree on 27th June, 2011
  • My favourite is LOVELY…. it has a very nice pronuciation with my Slovak accent.

    Posted by adriana on 5th July, 2011
  • My favourite English word is “compassion” firstly because of the meaning and also because it includes the word “passion” which is another word I love- thus I get 2 for the price of 1…it’s great-I don’t have to choose between the 2 words!

    Posted by Halle on 4th August, 2011
  • Kerfuffle

    Posted by Michael LaRocca on 10th August, 2011
  • My favorite word is OBLIVION. It sound magical and it evokes the sea and the mountains.

    Posted by Paola Arlotta on 13th August, 2011
  • i love to use PLEASURE in my sentences 🙂

    Posted by Volkan Basol on 18th August, 2011
  • My favourite English word is an expression actually:” two thumbs up”;
    I like this expression because when you say it you use your fingers and body as well and usually when someone speaks he uses his whole body to communicate.
    Morevoer this expression can initiate others like: three thumbs up or ten thumbs up or two hands up etc…….that’s why I do like these words together!

    Posted by Clo on 23rd August, 2011
  • “Ombudsman” is Swedish, “zucchini” is Italian – English is such a fabulous language – constantly adorning itself with jewels from multicultural crowns. By the way, “slut” comes from “slattern” which means a sloppy housekeeper, NOTHING to do with loose morals! My favourite word is “voluptuous”, especially as pronounced by an old Finnish friend of mine who used to say “volumptuous” !!!

    Posted by helen on 29th August, 2011
  • My favorite words are all the performative verbs (promise, forbid, invite, swear, declare etc) not because of their sound but rather because of their power to convey the kind of speech act being performed.
    Claudio Silva

    Posted by Claudio Silva on 5th September, 2011
  • My favorite word in English is ‘knowledge’, because I think sounds good! HAHAHA’

    Posted by Thamires on 15th September, 2011
  • My favorite English word is definitely “procrastination”. It just sounds good and it’s a very useful word. We also have an equivalent in Spanish (procrastinar), though we don’t use it as often.

    Posted by Iara on 26th September, 2011
  • “tangerine ” because it sounds as it tastes:sour and sweet

    Posted by Marisol on 25th October, 2011
  • My favourite English word is “candy” because is sweet

    Posted by Lore on 27th October, 2011
  • I hated MENAGERIE as a child. It made me itch. I see someone wrote RENDEZVOUS. This reminds me of George W, who apparently said that the French were no good in business because they didn’t have a word for ENTREPRENEUR. Well, well!!

    Posted by Alice on 9th November, 2011
  • I really like the word WINNINGEST which I gather is used by sports announcers in the States. In the U.K. we never use that word but it is such a funny (and useful) word!

    Also on the Simpsons they used that word EMBIGGENS, as in “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man”.

    It’s amazing how these words start off tongue in cheek but end up being used day to day.

    Posted by Jon Sumner on 16th November, 2011
  • I think I went thru about a 1/4 of the comments before someone said a “true” English word … one that has Anglo-Germanic roots rather than a Latinate or Greek-rooted word. That’s kind of sad.

    The one that I like the best … bedoven … means to be drenched or drowned (ppl from archaic bedive). For byspel: After walking thru the jungle, he was bedoven with sweat.

    Posted by AnWulf on 27th November, 2011
  • My favorite English word is “TOUCH”. It sounds great!!!

    Posted by Iara Maria Soares on 24th January, 2012
  • my best word is WEIRD. I love the pronunciation

    Posted by Oyo Samuel on 16th April, 2012
  • i like to us the word ‘SIBLINGS because it sounds very good when we use it instead saying brothers and sisters

    Posted by ayub shaik on 19th July, 2012
  • My favourite word is awkward. Maybe because of its structure.I really love to use it everyday ! 😀 :))))

    Posted by David on 26th February, 2013
  • My favourite word is “super”. It is easily recognized and frequently used by almost everybody!

    Posted by Marianna Martini on 27th February, 2013
  • My favourite word is ‘forlorn’, which I heard first in John Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale. I just love how it sounds, because it’s true, “the very word is like a bell”.
    I also like other English words such as ‘solace’ (the very sound of the word transmits softness and calm), ‘dearest’ (it sounds very tender and endearing), ‘sojourn’ (I find it graceful)…

    Posted by Cindy on 16th July, 2013
  • my favorite word in English is : AWESOME . and i use it a lot

    Posted by Elahe on 21st July, 2013
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