SSSPLLLAAASHSHSH


 ‘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

et glisse………………

And what would be  the exact ideogram for Icarus falling out of a clear blue sky into the clear blue waters…..?

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