memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Psst or Shuss


The letter S represents the voiceless alveolar sibilant /s/ in most languages and the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

It also commonly represents the voiced alveolar fricative /z/, as in the Portuguese mesa or the English does. It may also represent the voiceless palato-alveolar fricative [ ʃ ], as in Portuguese, Hungarian, and German (before p, t). The letter S is the seventh most common letter in English and the third-most common consonant (after t and n).

In English, final ⟨s⟩ is the usual mark of plural nouns, and of third person present tense verbs.

(Or in other words)

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore


What the caterpillar thinks of as the end of existence, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.


Comments on: "Psst or Shuss" (4)

  1. Where in heavens name do you get all your knowledge? I am in awe of you!


    • Thanks James; unlike you, I have plenty of time of time for such quirky notions – (and of course the dubious advantage of an education we both shared).

      In the place I’m in, it’s keep mentally active or quickly be reduced to the mentallity of an only average-intelligent piece of carrot-peel floating slowly down a muddy stream …



  2. I love this picture, I love the quote, and I love this post!

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face!:)

    Christine x


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