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EUOnIA and AnOthEr OnE yOU And I lIkE

| June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments 

euoniaEunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels – and it means “beautiful thinking”. It is also the title of Canadian poet Christian Bok’s book of fiction in which each chapter uses only one vowel.

Read some intriguing extracts in this article on the BBC Today site.

There are some lovely comments about the idea:

I think this is slightly silly! – Michael Phillips, Southsea

…his gift is instilling illicit instincts in I!!
Jayne, Prestatyn, Wales

Yes, very clever: yet empty. He expended energy yet he vexes deeply. Berk! John Dudley, London.

How about setting students a similar challenge.

MystIII 056Or go the other way: using every vowel in every word.

A great example is the sentence “Unsociable housemaid discourages facetious behaviour”! What a headline.

A few other occurences of this include: “Austin Powers”, “Slovak Republic”, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Born in the U.S.A” (or, after seeing him at Glastonbury I wonder if that should be “Bored of The U.S.A” – but that doesn’t work!

Oh! Loops on bold fonts now form lots of words for books…