Euphony

Breaking Down Euphony

Euphony (derives from the latin word euphōnia, literally means “agreeable (or harmonious) sound”), is the combination of harmonious words or phrases, capable of producing melodious and pleasant sounds which appeal to the hearing.

Euphony has respect to the sounds of words as they affect the ear, and are regarded merely as sounds, and independently of any signification they may have. The Italian amongst many European languages is notably for its disregard of etymological bearings for the sake of achieving euphony.

Notable Examples of Euphony

Lullabies—songs for lulling babies into sleep—are great examples of euphony. Euphony generally appeals to everyone including adults. Given below are some interesting ones:

  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are.
    Up above the world so high,
    Like a diamond in the sky.
  • In the lyrics above, the euphony is registered on consonants such as l, r, w, n, and h, with a rhythmic pattern of AABB
    Example II is derived from the legendary Boney M’s classic hit, Brown Girl in the RingOpens in new window, which is regarded as sound track for the exciting children's ring game. The song's rhythm is really euphonic as it echoes the aura of excitement synonymous to the feelings exuded by children when they are engrossed into ambience of the game called Brown Girl in the Ring.
  • Brown girl in the ring 
    Tra la la la la 
    There's a brown girl in the ring 
    Tra la la la la la 
    Brown girl in the ring 
    Tra la la la la 
    She looks like a sugar in a plum 
    Plum plum 


    Show me your motion 
    Tra la la la la 
    Come on show me your motion 
    Tra la la la la la 
    Show me your motion
    Tra la la la la 
    She looks like a sugar in a plum 
    Plum plum 

  • The syllables Tra la la la la are repeated in the course of the song, the rhythm of the tune exhibits a kind of melodious effect that is appealing to the ear that one can attain pleasure listening over it time, and time again