Please click here if you missed Part 1 (on vowels).
Remember how yesterday I claimed I didn't really sit in my car and mull over phonetics (vowels and consonants) as a metaphor to the pet fostering experience?
Well, that was then. Today is a new day!
I hope you like metaphors. :)
|Do metaphors taste like chicken?|
So, consonants. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet and, with the exception of the occasional multi-tasking "Y," 21 of them are consonants. Consonants outnumber (moody) vowels 4:1.
Here are a few other things to note about consonants:
- They cannot stand alone as words (although, imo, "Mmmm" "Grrrr" and "Pftttt" are definitely "words"). ;)
- They are linguistically in contrast to (moody) vowel sounds.
- When used as an adjective, "consonant" means "in agreement" or "harmonious."
Okay, so if -- according to my way-out metaphor here -- my fostering woes are mere moody (but inevitable) vowels in a larger alphabet of agreeable and harmonious consonants, how do you think this saga played out?
Well, I'll tell you: I took a step back and made friends with some new (consonant) words! Here are a few favorites:
Do you see it?! (Hint: Look at the first letter of each word.)
Even with a few inevitable (moody) vowels thrown in, Moody Vowel Syndrome can't hold a candle to HAPPY!
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of this series!
P.S. Have I mentioned lately what kind, good sports all of you are???