Daily Prompt – Sounds Right

This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

I’ve never really thought about this. I do however find myself mulling over a word because the more you say it or write it, it just looks / sounds weird.

For me, it’s words like bulbous and blubber. They’re just so… Perfect. They’re perfect words because they create the sounds and feeling in the mouth when you say them, which immediately allow you to associate the word with what you’re describing.

The ‘b’ sounds almost make you want to purposely puff the sound into your cheeks and underside of the lips to emphasise the ‘puffiness’ of the word. But then this leads to a much more intriguing discussion about linguistic origins and creation.

Given that English evolved from Latin, how was it created in Latin? How was language in general created? Did they just throw some random sounds together and say ‘there… Bulbous’ (although it’s Latin origin is bulbōsus.) that’s a more intriguing story.


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