The other day I discovered a book called Eunoia, by Canadian poet Christopher Bök. According to Wikipedia this 2001 publication is an ‘anthology of univocalics’ – it’s unusual not because of the content, but because of how it’s written. Bök experimented with the English language by using certain rules to create a very interesting piece of writing.
First of all, there are five chapters – one for each vowel. Each chapter only uses words containing that vowel, while the letter Y is only used in one section in the extended edition of the book. And the title itself? Eunoia is a little-used word referring to ‘a state of normal mental health’ and is the shortest English word to contain all five vowels.
Click the links to find out more, and if you’re a bit of a ‘verbivore’ like many of our staff maybe you’ll also enjoy some of the entertaining language and vocabulary titles on our catalogue!
I was passing the Ask Here Desk on Thursday and this was the picture that I saw:
Mariam Yusoph has just had her 7th birthday and she is a regular at the library already.
She loves the library because she loves books (especially Fancy Nancy – which she likes “because it’s fancy”!). Like a lot of people, sometimes she finds the books she wants are hard to find on the shelves. When she can’t find something Mariam goes to the Ask Here Desk to ask for help.
She says that the people at the desk are always friendly and helpful. On this visit, Melaina helped her to put on hold some new Fancy Nancy books.
We hope you enjoy the books when they arrive Mariam!