Planet desk | 19 January 2019 | 4:55 pm
Language is unique. Besides being a primary tool for communication between living beings, spoken language has been used, modified and shaped for centuries for purposes other than just communication. We think and feel with langauge, we express with language. Poetry, one of the most purest and heartfelt art forms, is made up of words and sounds, the main componets of language. Our deepest of sensations, our wildest passions, and our most profound emotions only make sense with language. Language is beauty, language is form. Here are some of the most hauntingly-beautiful words in the English language that are not only lyrical, but present a vivid imagery by meaning alone.
Hiraeth (noun): A longing for a home we can’t return to, or that never existed.
Sonorous (adj.): An imposingly deep and full sound.
Serendipity (noun): The chance occurrence or development of events in a beneficial way.
Petrichor (noun): The pleasant, earthy smell after rain. Pronounced as pet-ree-kawr.
Iridescent (adj.): Producing a display of rainbowlike colours. Pronounced as iree-des-ent.
Luminous (adj.): Giving off a bright, shining light.
Phoenix (noun): An ancient bird from mythology that sets itself on fire at the time of death and then is reborn from its ashes.
Lullaby (noun): Music or song that puts you to sleep.
Rendezvous (noun): A meeting or an appointment at an agreed time and place.
Willow (noun): A particular tree growing in temperate climates.
Sumptious (adj.): Lush, luxurious. Pronounced as sump-choo-us.
Mellifluous (adj.): Sweet-sounding. Pronounced as mel-iff-loo-us.
Evanescent (adj.): Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time. Pronounced as eev-uh-nas-ent
Elixir (noun): A life-affirming, magical potion. Pronounced as eh-lix-ur.
Reverie (noun): The state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts.
Ancient (noun): Belonging to a distant past.