To mark its 70th anniversary, the British Council asked more than 40,000 people in 102 countries to come up with the most beautiful words in the English language. See the 70 most popular words from that survey.
My guess is many of these words were chosen based on how fun they are to SAY, not necessarily for what they mean.
While there, check out the winners of the contest to compose a story of 150 words, using as many of the words from the list as possible. Maybe you’ll submit a story?