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Saturday, 24 September 2011

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Lots of words, in a book.

The word manganese has been voted the U.K's favourite word, by readers of Word Monthly magazine, Britain's premier source for all word related information.

The word, acclaimed for it's ease of slipping off the tongue, and almost happy pronunciation, pipped other stars of the English language to the top spot.

Other front runners included aplomb, nugget, clandestine and flipper, but none could conjure the shear joyousness of the word manganese.

Manganese is the name of a chemical element, designated by the symbol Mn, and has been used in conversation as far afield as Russia and New Zealand.

Last years winner, serendipity, retired after ten years at the top spot, making way for manganese.

Second place, by only four votes, was macadamia, also from the genus 'm'. And third was given to the popular, but often difficult to use in day to day conversation, lanolin. This awkward usability of the term was deemed it's main failing point.

The winner has been given triple word score status in Scrabble and it's own billboard poster in all the major cities in Europe and the U.S.

The word fucktard was disqualified for a third year running.

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