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Top-ten favourite words

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A few years ago the BBC reported that 15,000 British people voted for their favourite English word. Below you can see the top ten words. Strangely, this list contains 2 words which are not real English words, but come from the Harry Potter books! The information on this list does not reflect the views of English language learners, so what is your favourite word? Tell us favourite English word in the comments box below (no bad or rude words, please)!

1 - Serendipity

Type of word: Noun
Meaning: The lucky tendency to find interesting or valuable things by chance / to have luck or good fortune.
Example: He had the serendipity of getting the first job that he applied for.

2 - Quidditch

Type of word: Noun
Meaning: This is not a real word! It is the name of a sport played in the Harry Potter books.
Example: Quidditch is the fictitious game for witches and wizards from JK Rowling's very popular Harry Potter series of books.

3 - Love

You already know this word; it appears in nearly every song you hear on the radio!

4 - Peace/why

Again, I'm sure that you know the meaning of both of these words, so there is no need to explain!

5 - Onomatopoeia

Type of word: Noun
Meaning: A word which is formed by the sound that it makes -a cow goes' moo'; a gun goes 'bang'.
Example: 'Woof' is an onomatopoeia - that's the noise a dog makes when it barks.

6 - Hope

Type of word: Noun / Verb
Meaning as a noun: A confident feeling about what will happen in the future.
Example: What are your hopes for the future

Meaning as a verb: To want something to happen or to be true.
Example: I really hope she calls me tonight.

7 - Faith

Type of word: Noun
Meaning 1: A great trust or confidence in something or someone.
Example: I have faith in you; I know you can do it.

Meaning 2: A particular religion.
Example: The Muslim faith

Meaning 3: A belief in God.
Example: My faith helps me through difficult times.

8 - Football/muggle/ hello/family

Three easy words and another un-real one from Harry Potter! Let's take a quick look at 'muggle'.

Type of word: Noun
Meaning:This is not a real word! In the Harry Potter books, a muggle is any person without magical ability.
Example: 'He's not a wizard, he's a muggle.'

9 - Compassion/home

You know what 'home' means, so let's take a look at 'compassion'.

Type of word: Noun
Meaning:A strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the pain or bad luck of others and a wish to help them.
Example: 'He didn't show any compassion to them.' '

10 - Jesus/money

You've probably already heard of 'Jesus' (God's son in Christianity) and 'money' (the thing we never have enough of).

Now tell us your favourite word!

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I like all words. They're useful some time. However, I like "hope" best at that moment.

My favorite English word is

My favorite English word is 'lovely' =)


yeah "hope" is really good for that moment,

I like

I like the word:


Frankly speaking i didn't

Frankly speaking i didn't hear these words, except the words from harry potter books'.And for me they all are very interesting .

Favourite words

My favourite words are:love, health,peace,understanding, sorry, why, could

SAK My favorite word in

My favorite word in English is smile; actually it describes beautiful situation of any object.

Have a nice time.


Favourite English Words

My favourites words in English are hope,faith and peace.

Faith, Hope, Love

My favorite words...
There are three of them:

Faith, Hope, Love.

These are three sisters, they will live forever, they goes together and the last is the greatest.

so my favorite word is "to

so my favorite word is "to seem to" it is really fantastic!

It my favorite words in this

It my favorite words in this post this is very nice.

Ashwood University

mine is " whatever"

mine is " whatever"


I like all words.These are all very usefull words. But specially I prefer Serendipity.


serendipity!! Smug Smile


Serendipity is a good word. I knew it from a movie. this movie has the same name "Serendipity". I love this movie so I love the word.
Have a nice day all English learners....... Wink Big Grin

fly,it feel you free

fly,it feel you free


i like the word "possible".

"fine, nice and sorry"

I think that the most popular(may be not favourite) English words are "fine, nice and sorry". Englishmen use them very often. perhaps I'm not right. Smile

I like many english

I like many english words,but espesially i like success and glamour

mine's is fascinating and

mine's is fascinating and amazing:))

Top-ten favourite words

I can't think of any certain word at the moment. I agree with majority of English men and women about words hope, faith, love and peace. A year ago I watched a TV show "So you think you can dance". I liked one girl, her name was Melody. And I thought to myself what a beautiful name and a beautiful word. Maybe this is my answer to your question - "melody".

My favourite words...

Love, hope, faith and peace

mine are "so" and "ok",but

mine are "so" and "ok",but very often I use "hope","fine","seems","nice","well" and of course "kiss you" Smile