Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Phonetics of Fostering, Part 2 - Consonants

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:

Yummy Yogurt Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Yin & Yang ("y" words are hard)

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???


  1. Cute little kitty. Have a lovely Wednesday and not too hot we hope.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. The multi-tasking Y.... LOL You crack me up!

  3. you have us hanging.... on your every word. Ha! See my funny...

  4. Oh my, how many parts will this series have? Are you going to start on the parts of speech next? The gerunds of fostering, perhaps? :)

    You have me sitting on the edge of my seat.

  5. ROFL, you make me laugh! Definitely staying tuned for the conclusion. ;P

  6. Too funny. I also love that Y is a multi-tasker. I never thought too much about Y before... but Y is quite unique! The only switch hitter in the alphabet!

    Anyway, glad you are HAPPY.

  7. we learn something new every day
    Benny & Lily

  8. Strike up another fan of the "multi-tasking y". LOL.

    Of course, I still have no idea where this is going. I'm just glad to see we've moved from moody to happy. :]

  9. I happened to be in the throes of a terrible Scrabble binge, playing promiscuously with friends and strangers online. Once a fever catches you in Scrabble, it's hard to shake.



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