An interesting study from NYU recently caught my eye, explaining the effects of “sound symbolism”, or the idea that the phonetic make-up of a word influences our interpretation of it.
“In many languages, words made up of front vowels–sounds made with the tongue high in the front of the mouth, like teeny–tend to indicate small, light things. Words like thin, little or crispy. Whereas vowels that form with the tongue lower in the back of the mouth are used in words with big, heavy meanings–gargantuan, bold, humongous.”
So, this got me thinking… how could I use this to my advantage? Could I call dinner “country goulash” for dinner and feel more satisfied than if I had called it “biscuit flitz”? Can anyone think of examples of this in other languages?