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Old 10-30-2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Beautiful vowels

Eunoia 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.

   
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Who would have thought you could produce an entire chapter using just one vowel. Amazing.

   
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I heard the interview with the author on the radio yesterday - an interesting exercise, which sounded mechanical rather than lyrical though, according to the process he used to find the words.
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Did he use the vowels in order?

   
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Apparently yes: here's his home page

   
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Did he answer each question with just one vowel?

   
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Did he answer each question with just one vowel?
Not difficult, if the questions could all be answered yes or no.

   
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Who would have thought you could produce an entire chapter using just one vowel. Amazing.
I'm thinking that English is a language in which this is actually possible - in many (if not most) others it wouldn't be.

   
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LOL!! Of course!

   
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I heard the interview with the author on the radio yesterday - an interesting exercise, which sounded mechanical rather than lyrical though, according to the process he used to find the words.
And the results are mechanical too, looking at his website.

   
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