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capricious:
subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change
The promise of this word is fully realized in its playful dance—first the clipped “kup,” then the hissing, reverent tones of “rish” followed by a tender, wistful conclusion, almost a hush for the speaker. The drawing back of the mouth at the end invites the listener to follow. An impressive debut. 9.5/10

eldritch:
unearthly, supernatural
Eldritch comes to us from mystical origins: in Middle English, elfriche meant “fairyland.” Opening with the pressing of the tongue to the back of the front teeth, an aggressive and bold undertaking, it maintains a steady tone throughout the rest of the word before closing with a satisfying snap of the lips on the “ch.” 8/10

harridan:
a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman
The lip curl that is necessary to form the beginning of harridan augurs the rest of the experience: something harsh and strident. Gliding down into a fitting invocation of the “id,” you approach the end–and not a moment too soon. 7/10

sonorous:
imposingly deep and full
Pulling up the corners of the mouth to launch into this word is like embarking on a journey for places unknown. The anticipation doesn’t let up as sonorous swoops into an “or” deep in the chest before lilting back upwards in hopes of sights unseen with a gentle, sibilant “ous.” The destination means little; the journey is everything. 9/10

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