Word of the day:
I always find this word rolls off my tongue in a slightly unpleasant way. In that sense I always feel it’s an onomatopoeic word as it is odious in both sound and meaning.
Only German efficiency could have come up with a word that perfectly describes the exact meaning for the circumstance. English of course has heavy Germanic influences as well as those from the Latin languages that tie large swathes of the world together by having at least some commonality in the root meaning of their language.
Schadenfreude is the perfect word of the day when discussing onomatopoeic use in writing because the tone and meaning of the word are so closely tied and because it is somehow a deliciously satisfying word to use, almost a dirty word. Writers have a great capacity to use language to influence the reader by careful and subtle insertions of words that will invoke nuanced meaning and ideas in the reader. Of course this influence is not limited to onomatopoeic words, writers have the ability if writing well and if they possess a wide vocabulary to guide the reader by showing them hidden meaning and context within the novel. Subtlety in writing is a beautiful thing to behold, like watching a sunflower turn with the sun’s path through the day.
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