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Bon Mot

by | 25th, November 2004

‘“GIRLS in white dresses with blue satin sashes, ointments that get rid of, er, spots and bad rashes, brown paper packages wrapped up in strings…”


These are of course a few of our favourite things – but what would we choose if we had to distil it all into one word. What, in short, is our favourite word in the English language?

We will leave you to ponder that over a boiled egg Is Comfi-Slax one word or two? Do you prefer to Feltz or to Wheelbarrow? – while we look at some of the words chosen in a survey of more than 40,000 people in 102 non-English speaking countries.

We no doubt have the non-English speaking president of the United States to thank for the presence of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ in the Top 10, both of which incidentally come in above ‘peace’ and ‘tranquillity’.

We imagine Dubya is also responsible for “flip-flip” at No.59, and quite possibly “hodgepodge” at No.64. “Pretzel” sadly doesn’t quite do enough to make the list.

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