Britain's favourite word is love, actually
[ 2007-04-05 08:34 ]
Love is the most
favourate word in Britain.
Britain's three favourite words are love, serendipity and family,
according to a charity effort to build a "wall of words".
Telecommunications giant BT and children's charity I CAN have already
built a mile long "wall" from thousands of online submissions to their
Internet site www.wallofwords.org.uk and are hoping to complete a second
Visitors to the Web site submit their favourite word and the reasons
why. The wall is made from virtual bricks represented by each word
submitted. BT has already donated 50,000 pounds to I CAN on completion of
the first mile and is offering prizes to contributors for the second mile.
It's not surprising that a nation which has seen a lot of slate grey
skies over the winter chose sunshine as its fourth most favourite word or
that a people famed for their stiff upper lips chose smile as number 6 and
happy as number 10.
"It's heart-warming to see
that, despite all our daily pressures and worries, so many positive
emotional words are turning up in this list. It seems we're not just a
romantic people - we're playful too," linguist David Crystal, an honorary
professor at the University of Bangor in Wales, said in an I CAN press
statement released on Tuesday.
Although love was the top choice overall and the number one choice for
women, antidisestablishmentarianism was the top choice for men and the
ninth most favourite word on the list.
Regionally, Welsh contributors favoured the word "cwtch" (cuddle) and
Scots favoured "numpty" (an abbreviation of "numbskull").
heart-warming:causing gladness and tender