More than twenty years ago, Wilfred Funk proposed chimes, dawn, golden , hush, lullaby, luminous, melody, mist, murmuring and tranquil as the ten most beautiful words of the English language. More recently, Willard Espy generated gonorrhea, gossamer, lullaby, meandering, mellifluous, murmuring, onomatopoeia, Shenandoah, summer after and wisteria for the "Book of Lists #2" (1980).
Eckler, A. Ross
"The Ugliest Words In English,"
Word Ways: Vol. 25
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol25/iss4/12