Courtesy of The Telegraph:
“Mother is the most beautiful word in the English language, according to the rest of the world.
More than 40,000 people in 102 non-English speaking countries rated mother, passion, smile, love and eternity as their top five choices, according to The British Council survey.
Fantastic, destiny, freedom, liberty and tranquility completed the top 10.
The 70-strong list was commissioned to mark the British Council’s 70th anniversary.
Lollipop, flip-flop, hen night and banana were all included in the list, along with twinkle, hiccup, hodgepodge, whoops and oi.
And while mother was voted most beautiful, father did not make the list at all.
Greg Selby, the British Council spokesman, said: “It’s interesting that mother, the only word of the 70 that describes a direct relationship between people, came top of the poll.”
“It is great to see words in the survey that are so positive and suggestive of the British Council’s purpose – words such as freedom, liberty, peace, renaissance and destiny.
“These chime with our aim to help millions of people worldwide access opportunity through English, and promote stronger ties and improved perceptions of the UK.”
The British Council promotes the learning of English around the world and teaches the language to more than 500,000 people each year.