Saturday, October 24, 2009

100 Shades of Beautiful

I've often thought that "beautiful" is a very broad term that applies to many diverse situations. I think it'd be better to have 100 or so more precise words in place of the term. Would you like to add any to this list the I and a few friends have made?

Sub-categories of Beautiful

  1. emotive music
  2. Skillful performance (e.g. by an accomplished cellist)
  3. breathtaking scene from a height overlooking a valley or mountain range
  4. Excellence, close to perfect (e.g., "Beautiful serve!" in tennis)
  5. Pretty, gorgeous, attractive-looking person
  6. Aesthetic, eye-pleasing (e.g. a piece of art)
  7. Spectacular accomplishment (e.g. the Pyramids)
  8. A simple flower or anything else that happens to touch a person's soul
  9. A constellation in the sky
  10. A moment of peace and love in a relationship (such as couple, family, friends)
  11. A moment when "all the planets align" - often unexpected, when events come together in a serendipitous fashion
  12. Fruition of a goal or plan
  13. A woman
  14. A temple sealing, spiritual
  15. A new baby
  16. - exquisite masterpiece (art or picture)
  17. - a dress looks ravishing on a woman (or a shoe...yes, that can be ravishing!)
    - the angelic beauty of a child
    - a themed, graceful, emotive ballroom-style dance with several couples

Possible sub-category words

Obviously, some these brainstormed words sound silly. However, like most words, once they join our vernacular they are seldom questioned.

  1. Pathsotic
  2. Prowetic
  3. Beautanyon
  4. Skillerious
  5. Stunnesthetic
  6. Beautiful
  7. Beautressive
  8. ?
  9. Cosmotical
  10. Beautrivana
  11. ?
  12. Comeuppleasant
  13. ?
  14. Beaucral
  15. Natival
  16. ?
  17. ?
  18. ?
  19. ?

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