Friday, October 31, 2008


Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels. It means beautiful thinking. It is the title for a rather bizarre book containing five chapters, each one using only one vowel. The author Christian Bok explains how each vowel ended up taking on a character of its own.

Listen to him here

My wee attempt is:

Boss, "Ross loss of dosh poss!"

"No?! Not loss of dosh?!!",boo hoos tosser Jon'


Blogger BarbaraS said...

I've heard about this book... somewhere, but can't remember where it was... I've written a poem using vowels segregated into four lines each, if you know what I mean. Hard to do, and makes its own kind of sense in the end... which is being a bit kind, really.

2:25 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

I'd like to see that B.

In the interview he explains that "a" words sound quite loving, while "u" words are rather sweary, for obvious reasons,and "os" are full of fun.

It took him 7 years to strip out Websters into the 5 vowel sounds.
It's a good exercise to make you think about assonance.

Bok's "i" excerpt is very witty I think.

3:07 pm  

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