I am familiar with euphony and phonaesthetics, but these both seem to focus more on how pleasant a sound is to hear/perceive. I think there is a subtle difference between this and how pleasant it actually is to pronounce a word, so I was wondering if there was a word for that specifically.

It's like mouthfeel, but for pronunciation.

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    I'd actually go with mouthfeel, as a singer enjoys feeling the lyrics written for a song. Apr 19, 2021 at 16:21
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    We can say a phrase rolls off the tongue; mouthfeel (or mouth feel) reminds me too much of gluttonous articles about ice cream, or discussions by product designers working for chocolate bar manufacturers. Apr 19, 2021 at 16:30
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    Most people don't think about the subject, let alone talk about it. And if they do, they tend to use long sonorous sentences instead of specialized words. Apr 19, 2021 at 16:39
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    Oops, posted my answer "mellifluous” too hastily. Musical to hear not to speak.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 19, 2021 at 16:41
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    Dulciloquious: sweet/pleasant to say. Apr 19, 2021 at 17:51

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'Silky smooth' and 'buttery'. "Teflony'?

This question had been asked in different forums in the past.

AnswerBun or AnswerBun


And a specific answer has not been found. There are some phrases that can be used to mean the same thing. I am providing some suggestions below as the original questioner in each forum was unsatisfied with the provided word choices.

Super-phonatives (Interestingly I could not find "phonative" in dictionaries, it is a commonly used term in medical sciences and it generally means the ability for phonation and/or the process of phonation)

Super flowy words (Flowy means which that flows, and flows easily)

Words that glide or tongue gliders

Superfluid words

From Brittanica

superfluidity, the frictionless flow and other exotic behaviour observed in liquid helium at temperatures near absolute zero (−273.15 °C, or −459.67 °F), and (less widely used) similar frictionless behaviour of electrons in a superconducting solid. In each case the unusual behaviour arises from quantum mechanical effects.

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