A year ago on Round and Square (12 July 2012)—Asian Ethnicities: Japan (Yamato)-c
Two years ago on Round and Square (12 July 2011)—Seinfeld Ethnography: High-Stakes Betting
|[a] Nuanced RF|
This word is less likely to bring confusion than consternation. Dul—what? Isn't that some kind of musical instrument—something that you play at Bluegrass festivals?
Um, no. That would be a dulcimer. There is a connection, though. If you have never heard the dulcet voice of Alison Kraus together with the equally understated power of Gillian Welch, well, then you haven't lived enough yet. Now add the gentle twang of dulcimer strings, and we have a combination that is truly sublime. Dulcet—soft, pleasing, sweet, gentle. Mix in the Coen brothers, and you have a film and soundtrack of subtle beauty.
|[b] Sweet RF|
Dulcet. After bluegrass performance, my next thoughts turn to kittens, as they usuallly do. Have you ever heard the sweet little half-meow of a fluffy kitten? Of course you have, and its quiet urgency makes your cold heart melt every time. Cats know this, and that dulcet squeak is one of the key tricks for making their far stronger and (supposedly) mentally superior humans buckle under to their cute little iron wills.
Don't kid yourself. They know what they're doing...and we don't (or at least we forget after fifteen minutes, only to return, Memento-like, to the same situation a day later, when our discipline crumbles yet again...like the crust of a well-baked apple pie.
Dulcet. It's what's for influence.
American Heritage Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary**
Now we come to the little twist that I didn't tell you about in the introduction to this series. If your native language is not English, go to the comments section and give a rough translation that "works" for you. I am hoping to get a whole passel of approximations for "dulcet" in languages ranging from Danish and Korean to Lakota and Swiss. And of course they will be approximations. Language doesn't have any exact equivalents. That would be boring (try to find a synonym for je ne sais quoi, for knowledge-seeking's sake).
So what's a word that means something like "gently agreeable" in your native language?
And, if you really want to think about how to make use of vocabulary, use a sentence that you might actually speak or write.
The politician's dulcet voice was something of a distraction on the campaign
trail, where his opponent's harsh and guttural criticisms seemed to call for a
Dulcet. It's as soft and pleasing as a chubby kitty's fur.
|[e] Fluffkit RF|