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Saturday, March 17, 2007
How powerful are my letters??
Letters may seem simply alphabets comprising of strange lines and curves combining with others to form words. But is that all letters are about? Letters are about complex arrangements in various orders to form pronounceable words.

The formation of words is largely the responsibility letters have. Words are created with letters. And this way, it's each letter that gives into the whole word to bring that word into existence.

Scrabble is a game widely popular, spanning across all continents, a wonderful brain teaser and a brain stormer. It enriches the quality of words that come into your mind at first shot. Where the weakest may think of words like "of", " cat" , "small", the mediocre thinks of "complex", " tackle", "trend" and the advanced level thinkers have words like, " tempest", "bulletin" and " illusion" and what not. But what you can see here, are the words that come to a mind at first shot. When thought more, the better.

So, let's take an example of these set of seven letters"A, L, K, D,R,E,E"
At first sight, the weaker player thinks of words like "red" or "reed" while after a while he thinks,"real" and "deal"

The mediocre's thoughts tell him to go for something like, "lake" and "rake" while the advanced player would think of something like," leader", "drake" or something like that.

But you would ask me, why I talk of scrabble when I'm telling you about the power of words?
Scrabble is the best game to realize this power. The frustration that is felt when one letter is missing from your "50 points" word plan, is the time you realize a letter's importance. A letter is no game we play with everyday. It's significance is felt only when such a game is played.

Words cannot be formed without letters. Ever imagined what would happen to "Score" if the letter'c' wasn't present? It would become "sore" and what if we put that 'c' in place of 's' ?
It's easy playing with words. Oh! What a paradox? Where words are no mere lines and curves, they are playful blocks of sentences. What we can do with one letter in a word maybe just a bit too much.

What about onomatopoeia? What strength do words have? To help pronounce words matching what they mean. "Roar" wouldn't have been roar without the "r" in the beginning and the end.
Let's take another example of poems with onomatopoeia. Edgar Allen Poe's "Bells" wouldn't have been so without the "t"s in "tintinabulation" Poets use onomatopoeia as a device to produce rhythm and along with that to bring life into the poem.

Then the other day my friend called me, "Sarah Souffle" like, ' Saarah Souffl'. That was insulting. How the absence of a letter and the presence of one extra letter creates a difference in the way you pronounce a name and well insult a person too!!

Some ask me, why I write ,"Sárah Soufflé" instead of "Sarah Souffle". Here comes the importance of the bar on the 'a' and the 'e' which means so much to me and to pronounciation. The bar represents how a word should be pronounced, and well in this case, how my name should be pronounced. So, those two bars mean a lot to me, when it's too easy for the world to call me," Saarah Souffl" rather than "Sárah Soufflé" where the "a" with a bar literally turns into "e" during pronounciation and the"e" at the end pulls the last name.

I know I got obsessive about my name. But these are ways I came to know the importance of my letters which remain no mere curves and lines for me.

What letters have taught me is not only that, but also the importance insignificant people have in our lives. It's what letters have taught me. How important is a person, maybe a faraway relative or cousin or an old friend who taught you how to sing a simple tune that you could've never got without him or her. As letters weave words, and in the processes sentences, people weave relationships and memories and precious moments that may not last forever.
posted by bereaved vendetta @ 6:53 AM  
  • At March 17, 2007 at 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lovely and interesting, as usual. i luve the way you use words and the way you phrae them. liked the conclusion a lot too.

  • At March 17, 2007 at 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmmmm... really good!
    liked the way you ended, and the subject of the entry too.
    somebody else read it, i see.
    anyway, much better than melange
    carey creffe

  • At April 9, 2007 at 3:44 AM, Blogger orangekisses said…


  • At November 11, 2008 at 12:43 AM, Anonymous Cady said…

    Great work.

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