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Glint, glisten, glitter, gleam …

Tiffany thought a lot about words, in the long hours of churning butter. ‘Onomatopoeic’, she’d discovered in the dictionary, meant words that sounded like the noise of the thing they were describing, like ‘cuckoo’. But she thought there should be a word meaning ‘a word that sounds like the noise a thing would make if that thing made a noise even though, actually, it doesn’t, but would if it did’.

Glint, for example. If light made a noise as it reflected off a distant window, it’d go ‘glint!’ And the light of tinsel, all those little glints chiming together, would make a noise like ‘glitterglitter’. ‘Gleam’ was a clean, smooth noise from a surface that intended to shine all day. And ‘glisten’ was the soft, almost greasy sound of something rich and oily.

Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (via gadding-about)

Oh god, I thought that was just me …

(via moranion)

YES me too

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Yes, but does YOUR office have an orange refrigerator full of Penguin Classics?

Damn. I work for a publishing house, too, but our office fridge just has really old yogurt in it.