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September 18, 2008

Word of the Day

  • euphony
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  • \YOO-fuh-nee\
  • DEFINITION

noun

1
: pleasing or sweet sound; especially : the acoustic effect produced by words so formed or combined as to please the ear
2
: a harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound
  • EXAMPLES

The poet chose words for the sake of euphony and rhythm as well as rhyme.

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"Euphony" was borrowed from French at the beginning of the 17th century; the French word ("euphonie") itself derives from the Late Latin "euphonia," which in turn traces back to the Greek adjective "euphōnos," meaning "sweet-voiced" or "musical." "Euphōnos" was formed by combining the prefix "eu-" ("good") and "phōnē" ("voice"). In addition to its more commonly recognized senses, "euphony" also has a more specific meaning in the field of linguistics, where it can refer to the preference for words that are easy to pronounce; this preference may be the cause of an observed trend of people altering the pronunciation of certain words apparently in favor of sound combinations that are simpler and faster to say out loud.

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