Le Mot Juste

I have a little bit of a history of writing blogposts about words. I love them. The ability to use them and play with them is one of the gifts I’m most grateful for in life. I enjoy picking le mot juste to finish the perfect sentence, to craft the best paragraph, to build the stronger argument. But sometimes, like today, I just like to say beautiful words without bothering to give them any context. Here are some stunners. Some are there because of how they sound, and a few because of their power. If you’re able, say them out loud. It makes all the difference in the world.

Acquiesce

Ameliorate

Assemblage

Beleaguer

Brood

Bucolic

Bungalow

Callipygian 

Chatoyant

Comely

Conflate

Crepuscular

Crestfallen

Cynosure

Dalliance

Defenestrate

Demesne

Demure

Denouement

Desuetude

Desultory

Diaphanous

Discombobulate

Dissemble

Dulcet

Ebullience

Effervescent

Efflorescence

Effluance

Elision

Elixir

Eloquence

Embrocation

Emollient

Ephemeral

Epiphany

Erstwhile

Ethereal

Evanescent

Evocative

Fetching

Felicity

Flummoxed

Forbearance

Frisson

Fuck

Fugacious

Furtive

Gambol

Glamour

Gossamer

Halcyon

Harbinger

Heritage

Imbrication

Imbroglio

Imbue

Incipient

Ineffable

Ingénue

Inglenook

Insouciance

Inure

Jejune

Jonquil

Labyrinthine

Lachrymose

Lackadaisical

Lagniappe

Lagoon

Languor

Lassitude

Legacy

Leisure

Lilt

Lissome

Liquifaction

Lithe

Loquacious

Love

Lugubrious

Mellifluous

Moiety

Mondegreen

Murmurous

Nemesis

Offing

Onomatopoeia

Opulent

Palimpsest

Panacea

Panoply

Pastiche

Penumbra

Petrichor

Pipistrelle

Plethora

Propinquity

Pyrrhic

Quintessential

Ratatouille

Ravel

Recalcitrance

Recondite

Redolent

Resplendence

Riparian

Ripple

Saccharine

Scintilla

Sempiternal

Seraglio

Serendipity

Shibboleth

Soliloquy

Summery

Sumptuous

Superfluous

Surreptitious

Susurrous

Talisman

Terpsichorian

Tintinnabulation

Umbrella

Untoward

Velocity

Velvet

Vespertine

Vestigial

Wafture

Wherewithal

Whimsy

Woebegone

Zephyr

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