4-letter words make me smile (no, I’m not referring to curse words- although they often make me laugh when I hear them – they’ve always sounded forced coming from me, like a 14 year old trying to smoke a cigarette to be cool….).
No, I just mean simple, English words with 4 letters. Preferably with a hard consonant at the beginning and one at the end.
I was reminded of this as I walked into the “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language” exhibition at the MoMA. The floor was painted with the words “…..walk talk walk talk….”
There’s something about the neat and even image of four letters; the short, punctuated sound. There’s a strength and directness to these words (probably why those famous four lettered words are so satisfying at times).
I wonder if there are people who get excited at 3 letter words that start with a vowel or giggle at words with 4 syllables or find 2 letter words beautiful in their simplicity?
You’re right, there is something satisfying about words with 4 letters that begin and end with a consonant. Your post is a great example of the beauty of the English language 🙂
thanks; it’s always reassuring to hear that someone else feels the same way 🙂
It’s true, those 4-letter words have power. But I think they also can make me uncomfortable- they sometimes sound harsh and (weirdly) hard to pronounce- especially when the third letter is R. I remember when I was a kid I couldn’t pronounce my little brother’s name. The week after he was born I got up in church and announced “I have a little brother and his name is Mork!”
that’s true, some of their fun comes from their harsh sound which can definitely sound too harsh depending on the circumstances. Your story in church is so cute!
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!!
You are so welcome!
my 4-letter words might not be as polite as yours, but yes i smile and giggle everytime i say those words to my hubby 🙂
don’t get too excited. one of the words has something to do with big meal involving eggs, cabbages and brussels sprouts 😉