This is a Wednesday’s Wonderful Words post, in which I chose a word, well-know or otherwise, and discuss why I think it’s so wonderful.
Anglophonism isn’t, technically speaking, a word.
It’s cool though.
If it were a word, its dictionary entry would look somewhat like this:
I find it, more importantly, a beautiful word – because that’s what matters, isn’t it? How a word sounds, not what it means.
First of all, there’s the difference between anglophonism and anglophone. Both “o”s would be pronounced [ɔ], as is cloth or gosh. Not this disgusting [oʊ] sound in anglophone and phone.
Then there’s the ph. ph and f are both supposedly pronounced [f].
Now say elefant.
Which one sounds prettier? Even if the difference is only in your head, there is a difference. Words with ph in them are beautiful, regardless of their meaning.
Ephemeral. Apostrophe. Phalange.
Anglophonism has no guttural sounds in it. Add the fact that it is 5 syllables long, and it becomes a long, flowing, soft, beautiful word.
Say it once more.