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List: The Most Delightful Words!

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Which have pinged in my mind throughout the hours on WordPress. These delightful words were plucked, scrubbed and squinted at (it was all done half-cocked really) before being swanked here tonight.

Some are just exquisitely resplendent like ‘chinoiserie‘ and ‘demagoguery‘, whilst others like ‘chicory‘ and ‘quiddity‘ are so damn adorable, like babies with rainbow lollipops in swaddles! Whilst some are classic Americans (‘jazz‘ and ‘sloppy joes’), others are prided for their European delicacy like, say “vichyssoise’ and ‘velleities‘. There are those such as ‘Rubenesque‘ and ‘rococo‘ who are imperious, haughty, commanding. But those towered over by such totalitarians must not be shunned from the podium: the innocence and timorousness of ‘ingenue’ and ‘waif’ are to be valued… diamonds amongst bland boulders of common words.

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We can be sure of only one aspect: The listed words are all mavericks and oddballs of the English (and co.) language! Oh, and words beginning with ‘P’ have won (oh my!), followed very closely by Vs, Ss and Cs.

A J S
antsy jazz Sappho
apocryphal L sesquipedalian
apogee lemming sloppy joe
arrondissements loganberries solecism
ascot M solipsism
B manteau spelunks
bolshevizes maverick spruik
boulevardiers mellifluent sultry
brogues meme T
C moniker teetotal
catatonic N torpid
Chekhov nary troubadour
chicory O V
chinoiserie off piste vagaries
chutzpah Oh my! varicoloured
“curiouser” P velleities
curmudgeon pander verve
curry favor persnickety very
D philematologists vichyssoise
dais pithy vicissitude
demagoguery polemic vitriolic
discombobulate prig W
E profiteroles waif
ecce homo prolix wild-eyed
efflorescence prosopopoeia Y
embonpoint Q yesteryear
en passant quiddity Z
epaulette quixotic zephyr
Episcopalianism R zing
F raison d’être
fainéant razbliutos
folksy razzmatazz
halcyon rococo
G roman a clef
H Rubenesque
heteronormative
highfalutin
I
impressionable
incorrigible
ingenue