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Of Cellar Doors, and Naming Characters

“Most English-speaking people … will admit that cellar door is ‘beautiful,’ especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful that, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful…”

–         Tolkien, again, in English and Welsh

 Funny how some words sound nice, but when written, look ugly. I never would’ve thought of cellar door as sounding nice without Tolkien pointing it out, but it does.

I have this trouble with character names sometimes. Sometimes a name just sounds better than it looks. For example, I’ve always thought “Holly Golightly” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sounded really pretty, but “Golightly” written has too many consonants together and looks vaguely German (to me). So what’s an author to do? Either change the spelling, or not use that name, I guess.

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