When we say the letter “L”, it rolls off our tongue in a pleasant manner – la-la-la. It is not a hard sound and it is hardly ever silent in the English language (exceptions are in walk, palm, or could).
Many adjectives beginning with the letter “L” have a positive connotation. For example, a person can be lively, light-hearted, loving, laughing and lissome. In contrast, words such as lazy, lackadaisical, loony, low-life and lugubrious are more negative.
Also, quite a few “L” words have an “old-fashioned” sound. Perhaps you have heard words like late-bloomer, lay-about, lily-livered, lickety-split or lollapalooza,
Around the World
If you find yourself in other countries “L” words may look or sound different. For example, in Peru you might find a llama. In Scotland you can see a famous “monster” in Loch Ness. Go to Hawaii and the natives will welcome you with a lei around your neck. When you are in London, you should always be aware of how to find the nearest loo.
Surprisingly, there are over 40 countries in the world that are “land-locked”. In other words, the countries are completely surrounded by land and have no access to a body of water or an ocean. In almost every case, these countries have been slow to develop, simply due to geography. They are somewhat “lost”.
There is likely a long list of other “L” words we can discuss, but let’s agree to leave that for later.
STRETCH YOUR BRAIN
1. Trivia: Of the four people below, which one would be most likely to employ “legerdemain” in his profession?
a) a doctor, b) a basketball player, c) a magician, or d) an opera singer
2. Activity: Lay on your back and lift your left leg as high as you can five times.
3. Tongue Twister: Lila Ledbetter lugged a lot of little lemons.