Shall we play? Say each of the following words slowly, allowing the sounds to tumble over your tongue. Each will then slowly dissolve in your mouth beginning with the sharp tang of a lemon drop, melting down into a mellow sweetness.
You can do it!
Well really. Don’t you love the tingle of a tripple on your tongue? Can you stretch and twist to mungle-bungle? Grind your teeth to snitter? Hold yourself close to clumst?
Want to trade a glancous for a swer? Cozy up to apricity? Twitch to nicictating? You’re on!
Bundle them all into an warm afghan. Knit them into sentences. Pick and pluck them from the branches of knowledge, take a tentative bite then have your mouth filled with the most extraordinary sweetness!
Each voluptuous word, softened by a dip into afternoon tea, is allowed to casually wend its way into casual conversation, flutter into debate, soar into rhetoric!
So I’ll slap down a fugacious! You whack out a razzia! I’ll parry with a snollygoster! You lunge with a wabbit!
My collection of words hangs on the clothesline for all to see and hear, to roll in the wind, buffet and snap in the breeze. Sometimes a bit wrinkled. Occasionally starched. But meant to be proudly used and cared for, never ever just simply hung out to dry.
I am the rucksacked etymological lepidopterist in search of The Great Spangled Fritillary, The Grizzled Skipper, The Silver-Studded Blue. A glutton who cannot bear to leave the never-ending banquet. The sweet taste of zenith, the sour of cacoethes, the lingering finish of a paraph!
I want them all. But like love itself each word is incomplete unless it is shared, lofted to the sky and smartly served across the tightly pulled net. Back and forth and back and forth. Oh the joy of a great volley!
These sought after gems are cared for and remembered by me, jotted down on little index cards. Shuffle them, read them, consider them again and again. Sometimes flipped into the air in a raucous game of 52 pick up.
They flit and float through my mind, they sing in my ear. Sometimes they even flow through my pen and make my fingers dance on the keyboard.
The most beautiful sounds are not a whisper, not a murmer, not a shout not a cry. But a conversation peppered and pinged full of rhythmic and rollicking and simply exquisite words.
Talk and write and listen.