Sylva Fae

Sounds of Silence

1454881522758-1I suffer from a severe case of Logolepsy, don’t worry it isn’t contagious but I suspect many of you are secretly afflicted. Just to save you Googling:

Logolepsy – A fascination or obsession with words.

Just words can mean so much. Their impact can shape your day, set you off with a beaming smile and a skip in your step. It’s strange how just a bundle of letters can elevate your mood. We attach so much feeling and emotion to these mere squiggles, it really doesn’t take much to offer a kind word and a smile, a friendly comment on someone’s Facebook post or maybe a review of a book you’ve just read. It’s no surprise that research has proved that using the right words can actually transform our reality. Even more reason to choose your words carefully.

“Positive words, such as ‘peace’ and ‘love,’ can alter the expression of genes, strengthening areas in our frontal lobes and promoting the brain’s cognitive functioning. They propel the motivational centers of the brain into action, and build resiliency.


However, a single negative word can increase the activity in our amygdala (the fear center of the brain). This releases dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn interrupts our brains’ functioning.”

-Therese Borchard, Words Can Change Your Brain


It’s 3am and I’m woken by my littlest tapping me on the head. She crawls under the covers, her freezing toes and fingers sending chills down my body as she snuggles in. My first instinct is to grumble at having my sleep disturbed then a little voice, croaky with sleep, whispers, “I love you mummy.” An instant surge of compassion washes away the anger and I pull her close dotting kisses on her sleepy forehead. I drift back into a contented sleep. My girls may drive me mad at times but they always know the right words to say when I need them most.


I’ve always loved words, just the sound of certain words as they whisper on the breeze brings tingles of pleasure. (Yes I know I’m weird!) I have a special passion for S words. We didn’t deliberately choose S names for our daughters but maybe my subconscious played a part in the choosing of such special names. Just seeing their names written down makes me smile.


Ss and sh sounds bring feelings of calm or exhilaration depending on where they fall within the word. They evoke the same feelings as the repetitious crashing of waves on the seashore or the breeze whispering through the leaves in my woodland. They are the sounds nature, the sounds of silence. Each has its own unique beauty when said aloud.

Surreptitious, solacious, somnial, somnolence, supercilious, serenity, sylvestral, Serein, susurrous and silence



Say them aloud, sing them, write them down – beautiful eh?  According to random articles floating around Pinterest, the following are some of the top 100 most beautiful words in the English language, well they’re my favourites out of the 100’s…

Diaphanous, Evanescent, Gossamer, Halcyon, Mellifluous, Melancholy, Panacea



Do you suffer from logolepsy or am I just peculiar? Which are your most beautiful words?

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16 thoughts on “Sounds of Silence

      1. AvatarNenya

        Oh, “brontide” must definitely exist; in Greek, “bronti” is thunder. You wouldn’t say “brontide” in Greek, unless you were talking about a family whose eponym was “thunder”. “brontao” means “to make a noise like thunder”.

        I am most interested in the word “logolepsy” to be honest; it sounds like it should mean “lacking the words” rather than “in love with words”. You’re giving me blog post ideas here! 😀

  1. AvatarLisa Shambrook

    Oooh, I love those ‘S’ words… susurrous – the whispering of wind in the trees is how I see and hear it…so true!
    Gossamer is one of my most favourite words, but there are so many, and they’re all beautiful!
    I adore words, which is particularly good for a lyrical writer 🙂

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Hi Leigh, I did predict the people who’d get this. I was just waiting for you to show up. Glad you liked it. How’s life on the farm?

  2. AvatarNeil G

    Sagacious, salacious, sanctuary, shelter, soliloquy … easy to get into the sibilance and susurration of the S words. Interestingly, susurrous can also be used to describe the sound of a flock of birds (of any type) in flight. Accolades from a fellow logoleptic whose about to go narcoleptic as it’s late here. Lovely piece, Sylva

  3. AvatarFiona

    Lovely post- I too am fascinated by words- As a poet I love the sounds of words- Elysian is a good one. My personal favourite- onomatopoeia did you know that said is the Irish for free? Saoirse is an Irish girl’s name also☺ thanks for this post .

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I love onomatopoeic words but the word itself is pretty cool too. I also love palindromic words and numbers – I’m such a geek!

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