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    'Mother' tops survey of English's most beautiful words

    'Mother' is the most beautiful word in the English language, followed by 'passion', 'smile', 'love' and 'eternity', according to a worldwide survey.

    The British Council, the government agency that promotes British culture around the globe, has quizzed more than 40,000 people in 102 non-English speaking countries on their favourite words.

    'Fantastic', 'destiny', 'freedom', 'liberty' and 'tranquillity' filled out the top 10 most beautiful English words.

    The choices were made out of a list of 70 words - a number deliberately chosen to mark the British Council's 70th anniversary.

    Others that made the grade included 'lollipop' at number 42, 'flip-flop' (59), 'hen's night' (70) and 'banana' (41), along with 'twinkle' (23), 'hiccup' (63), 'hodgepodge' (64), 'whoops' (56) and 'oi' (61).

    "It's interesting that 'mother', the only word of the 70 that describes a direct relationship between people, came top of the poll," British Council spokesman Greg Selby said.

    The word 'father' did not make the list at all.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...1/s1251297.htm

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    Notice Mother-in-law was not there?