Marvelous Sounds
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Marvelous Sounds

The sounds of words are wonderful when the very sounds of them describe their object or intent. Words like “roar” or “bark.” Or the word “maliferous.” It just sounds dark and evil to say it. Then there is another, “insalubrious.” That one sounds unwholesome just to let it come out of one’s mouth. There are some wonderful Swahili words. One of them is the word for bugs. It is “dudu.” The word for kill is “kufu.” So “insecticide” becomes “dudukufu.” Just say it. It rolls off the tongue so much easier than “insecticide.” Say it fast and it is even more fun.

The names of people we love are wonderful to say. Our spouses’ names are music to our ears. The names of our children and grandchildren are magical. In the musical “West Side Story” there is a song, “Maria.” It says it so well.

Now for the best, most marvelous, fabulous, extraordinary set of sounds in the world. Here goes. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.” That is music to our hearts.

Written in 2000