Monday, April 23, 2007

From A to Z, in the Ambergris Alphabet

And now for something a little different. This is a story I wrote a while back that I'd like to share with everyone here. It's of a type known as an abecedary story, in which each unrelated section begins with a letter of the alphabet. Each day for the next 26 (hopefully) days, I'll post a new section. I hope you enjoy it.

A is for Abracadabra

Abracadabra is the most powerful word in all of magic. Real magic, that is. M-a-g-i-c-k magic. But nothing happens when it is spoken. Like a granddaddy longlegs, supposedly the most venomous arachnid in the world–yet its mandibles are too small to bite–the word abracadabra is both all powerful and useless. The reason for this is that, over the years, it has become mispronounced. It was originally spoken thus: ‘a’ as in ‘ah’, the ‘b’ with a short ‘p’ as in ‘put’, rolling both ‘r’s, the second ‘a’ as in ‘as’, the c pronounced as an ‘s’ like ‘cephalopod’ and the remaining letters were ran together in a phlemy ‘h’ sound as in the Yiddish ‘chutzpah’ and ‘Chanukah’. If you can say that, you can do anything.

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