A competition entitled “The most beautiful ABC of the world” (“Das schönste ABC der Welt”) which was held in Berlin awarded the Turkish “yakamoz” the title, the most beautiful word of the world. The jury selected it from almost 2500 words.

“Yakamoz” means “the reflection of the moon in water”. The Chinese word “hu lu” (to snorr) came in second. The African word “Volongoto” (Baganda tribe), which means messy or chaotic, was voted third place. According to the jury, they selected “yakamoz” over the others because in Turkish one is able to express in a single word, what can only be expressed in other languages using multiple nouns.

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8 Comments so far

  1. A for [Pine] apple (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Oh thats pretty interesting :-)

    yakanoz … !! Any link to the competition itself??

    Islamabad will report it too!!

  2. till (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    Maybe here, but I couldn’t dig up anything else:

    (Only in German – and it doesn’t say much about the winner, it just asks people to send in their favorite word(s).)

  3. Talha (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    I beg to differ :D.

    I don’t feel the aesthetics of this word :D.

  4. Talha (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    I beg to differ :D.

    I don’t feel the aesthetics of this word :D.

  5. till (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    Pff!!! ;-) So what’s your proposal then?

  6. Richard (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Interesting criteria for the win, the idea that the word is efficient, somehow contributing to the win. It’s definitely a cool idea for a competition regardless.

  7. Samuel (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    Even though “Yakamoz” is, imho, a beautiful word, there are so many other beautiful words in “Turkish”. I agree that the elegance (and nice echoing on ones ear) should not be confused with the flexibility and efficiency of a word/language. I however also totally agree with the beauty and sophistication of Turkish language. The first time I heard an old Turkish man speaking Ottoman Turkish I quickly fell under its spell. I wish my mother tongue “English” was as beautiful as Turkish.

    On a side note, I do not see/find the Chinese word “hulu” that pretty.

    Sam from BC, Canada.

  8. Svetlana (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 6:11 am

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