Words That Give You All the Feels
Ever notice how some words just make you feel a certain way? Like those slimy /sl/ words that suggest ickiness, or the punchy power of the /p/ sound. These sounds are called phonesthemes—from the Greek phone, “sound” and aisthema, “perception.” They're sounds that make you feel a specific emotion when you hear or read them. (Writers, take note!)
Here’s a superphonic extravaganza of some of the slimiest, goofiest, dumpiest, spunkiest, glitteriest, drizzliest words in English.