The English Language

Our native tongue has sometimes been criticized as vulgar or ridiculous, and while I happen to agree, on principle, that Italian and Spanish are generally more charitable to the ear, I must say that there are many English words (which we rarely use) that are quite charming:

Assemblage           A gathering.
Becoming              Attractive.
Beleaguer              To exhaust with attacks.
Bucolic                  In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow              A small, cozy cottage.
Demure                 Shy and reserved.
Dulcet                   Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience              Bubbling enthusiasm.
Effervescent           Bubbly.
Efflorescence         Flowering, blooming.
Eloquence              Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation          Rubbing on a lotion.
Epiphany                A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile                At one time, for a time.
Ethereal                 Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evocative               Suggestive.
Fetching                 Pretty.
Felicity                   Pleasantness.
Gambol                 To skip or leap about joyfully.
Gossamer              The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk
Halcyon                 Happy, sunny, care-free.
Imbroglio               An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue                    To infuse, instill.
Ingénue                   A naïve young woman.
Inglenook               A cozy nook by the hearth.
Lagniappe              A special kind of gift.
Lagoon                   A small gulf or inlet.
Languor                  Listlessness, inactivity.
Lilt                          To move musically or lively.
Lissome                  Slender and graceful.
Lithe                       Slender and flexible.
Love                       Deep affection.
Mellifluous               Sweet sounding.
Nemesis                  An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing                      The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Panacea                  A solution for all problems
Penumbra                A half-shadow.
Petrichor                  The smell of earth after rain.
Quintessential           Most essential.
Riparian                    By the bank of a stream.
Serendipity         Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Summery                  Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
Sumptuous               Lush, luxurious.
Talisman                   A good luck charm.
Tintinnabulation        Tinkling.
Untoward                Unseemly, inappropriate.
Wafture                   Waving.
Woebegone              Sorrowful.