Others chimed in on my Facebook page:
Agustín Maes voted for murmur, also, florid.
Artur Sebastian Rosman was full of ideas: noctilucent, donut, iris. Donut? Doesn’t he mean doughnuts, at least? (Artur, get something to eat.) He also favored “TSE words like chthonic.” TSE is T.S. Eliot – of haruspicate fame (which always sounds like a man clearing his throat, not prophesying). “Filiation is also a lovely word,” Artur added.
“My favorite word of all time and by far the liveliest in any language is…. vivificantem.” Well, as he noticed, that’s not really English; it’s Latin. So it shouldn’t count.
Marianne Bacon quarreled with Deshoda, the blog that started the contest: “I think that list on Deshoda (whatever that is) is a bit silly. How about Chestertonian words, or Jack Lewis words- like woodsmoke, or pipe, or fireplace, or snow, or Christmas, or pudding, or child. Or elf, or lamppost, or courage.” But the contest isn’t for words with pleasant context or associations, but beautiful sounds. “OK, inglenook.” I thought, at first she meant the wine – but no, inglenook is “a chimney corner, is a small recess that adjoins a fireplace.”
Jim Erwin wrote: “prestidigitation and Terpsichore are good examples of fingerpoia and feetpoia.” Wait a minute, he made those last two up.
Daniel Rifenburgh made half a nomination – Sussurus…
From Edward Haven yielded to my entreaties: “I’ve started to like Giraffe, but I have to agree nothing compares to authenticity.” A son after my own heart.
Erën Goknar is “SO glad you mentioned the much-maligned [Edgar Allan] Poe and his bells!”
Finally, Sarang in my comments section offered “a little stream-of-consciousness: myrtle [in my fancy a portmanteau of myrrh, squirt, and turtle], scavenger, flounder, interred, fever, recalcitrant, splay, stray, splatter, vespers, pageant, expunge, effulgent, excrescence, gun, cleave, hew.”
Jeff Sypeck favored shorter-is-better:
My first impulse is to go with big, fun-to-say words like tatterdemalion, but I don’t think many of our little Anglo-Saxon words get enough credit for euphony: Read. Comb. Sleep. Yore. Soft little words can be beautiful, too!
Postscript on 7/15: A few more suggestions –
Joe Loya: Efficacious; ventriloquy; or supple. I love the way they look, sound, and their flexibility in application.
Another one from Artur Sebastian Rosman: Reconciliation is overused and under-practiced, but what a beautiful word.
And a few late nominees from Patrick Kurp: incarnadine, philtrum, wan, atrorubent, flange .