"Eunoia," quoth the Wikipedia, "is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes. It comes from the Greek word εύνοι&alpha which means well mind or beautiful thinking."

Eunoia is also the title of a book of, well, poems, by Christopher Bök. The following excerpt should more than amply explain our collective interest in the significance of the aforementioned:
Midspring brings with it singing birds, six kinds, (finch, siskin, ibis, tit, pipit, swift), whistling shrill chirps, trilling chirr chirr in high pitch. Kingbirds flit in gliding flight, skimming limpid springs, dipping wingtips in rills which brim with living things: krill, shrimp, brill - fish with gilt fins, which swim in flitting zigs. Might Virgil find bliss implicit in this primitivism? Might I mimic him in print if I find his writings inspiring?
Play. Word play. Deeply fun word play, cresting the poetic heights of monovowelism.

from Bernie DeKoven, funsmith

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Blogger Bernie said...

Hugh (thank you) was trying to send us the Greek form of the word Eunoia - hoping to correct the ????? that appeared in the post. When I discovered why he sent in his comment, I went back to the post and substituted the html code, which managed to work - just in case you were wondering. O, Blogger, some times you are so silly.


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