‘Ping-pong’ sounds even better the other way round – gnip-gnop gnip gnop gni….oops…pick it off the floor…there it is…there, under the chair…
Likewise the word – SPLASH – is an ideogram of the event it signifies:
1) The initial sibilant – S – replicates the hiss of the stone cutting through the air (SSS);
2) then comes the plosive – P – as the stone breaks the surface of the water (SSS – P);
3) the labial – L – pictures the stone gliding under the sutface (SSS-P-LLL);
4) The concluding – ASH – is the plume of spray sent up by the stone as it disappears into the water (SSS – P – LLL- AAASHSHSH).
Likewise ‘glides’ has the sounds to suggest after an initial thrust, effortless motion in/on/through water – G….. LLL….IDE….SSSSS
and it sounds even better in French:
Le cygne chasse l’onde avec ses larges palmes
And what would be the exact ideogram for Icarus falling out of a clear blue sky into the clear blue waters…..?