Words with a silent “k.”
As though they start with “N.”
But it wasn’t always that-a-way.
So says the Smithsonianmagazine.
The “k” lived well into the 15thCentury.
And was spoken as such.
And even prevailed in northern England and Scotland through the 19thCentury.
He k-nelt down on one k-nee in his kilt.
Hand me that k-nife, please.
My k-nitting yarn has a big k-not in it.
You need to k-nead that dough some more.
And then we got lazy.
And just didn’t want to k-nock that “k” up against the “n” anymore.
But some Germanic languages still pronounce the “k.”
Such as Yiddish.
Ever had a knish?
Or a knadel?
Then you k-now.
Too bad there aren’t more of these words in the English language.
And that makes a perfect segue to the “s” game.
Where there seems to be an endless stream of words that start with “s.”
And the game is to speak using only said words.
(Notice all the “s” words so far.)
A picture’s worth a thousand of them.
But a thousand of them can paint quite a picture.
Nothing titillates the imagination more than words.
Visual imagery rises up.
And the locations.
In any language.
Miracles occur every day.
Good to have.
All you need is love.
Viva la vida.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.