There is some question as to who exactly stated that "cellar door" was one of the most beautiful combinations of syllables in the English language. J.R.R. Tolkien definitely mentioned it, saying, "More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful."
And some say it goes back to H.L. Mencken, who repeated a story about a Chinese student, knowing very little English, finding "cellar door" enjoyable... not for what it meant, but for how it sounded.
A combination of syllables that is particularly sonorous to me is Magee Marsh.
Say it with me....maGEE marrssssshhhhh. A string of sounds that never fails to run a shivery finger up my spine and makes me goofy with glee.
I will spend the day tomorrow packing and jumping about like a giddy school-girl, preparing for my big drive up to Northern Ohio. This will be the second time I am going alone, but the first time I will be meeting up with a birder-buddy...KatDoc.
So I will take tomorrow night off from blogging...and the next post will be from the gorgeous, fantastic, can't-be-overestimated, birdilicious Magee Marsh.