__/ [ Lance ] on Thursday 27 April 2006 20:17 \__
> David Crystal suggests that words having the following characteristics
> are likely to be perceived as beautiful:
> - contains at least one l sound
> - contains a nasal sound, especially m
> - contains continuant sounds such as r and s
> - contains two or three syllables
> - the consonants vary from syllable to syllable, as in melody
> - the vowel sounds vary from syllable to syllable, as in melody
> He quotes Tennyson as someone who obviously travelled to the future to
> discover these rules when he wrote:
> Myriads of rivulets hurrying through the lawn,
> The moan of doves immemorial elms,
> The murmuring of innumerable bees.
> He suggests thinking of the structure of names of villains and heroes
> in novels and film to confirm his views...
Aragorn in LOTR? These is something about that name which alliterates quite
well. I thought about this before...