Word of the Day: mellifluous
origin: from the Latin "mel," meaning honey + "fluere," meaning to flow
1. (of sounds or utterances) Smooth or honeyed; sweet.
"He had a little black eye which glittered like a diamond and rolled
about like a ball of quicksilver, and a white moustache, cut short
and stiff, like a worn-out brush. He was smiling with extreme
urbanity, and talking in a low, mellifluous voice to the lady, who
evidently was not listening to him."
--Henry James, "Roderick Hudson"
"Alvarez, who considers Heaney 'an intensely literary writer,'
argues that his work never escapes the traditional British discomfort with
modernism. Because of this, it 'challenges no presuppositions, does
not upset or scare, is mellifluous, craftsmanly, and often perfect
within its chosen limits. In other words, it is beautiful minor
--Jeffery Alan Triggs, "Hurt into Poetry: The Political Verses
of Seamus Heaney and Robert Bly"
"English is more widely spoken, though the Maori language, for so
long on the decline, is now making a comeback due to the revival of
Maoritanga. A mellifluous, poetic language, the Maori language is
surprisingly easy to pronounce if spoken phonetically and each word
split into separate syllables."
--from the "Lonely Planet Guide - New Zealand"
Publish Date: 01/20/2011