“Oh…. Fork!”





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?

10 thoughts on ““Oh…. Fork!”

  1. 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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