No Peer, the Pear

At last someone has undertaken the full explication and elucidation of

the word “pear”, particularly as concerns its reflection of the fruit

itself: oblong and symmetrical. The very sound of the letters which

comprise it proceed in a tidy balancing act running from the cold,

sharp progression of pee and ee to the pillowed warmth of ay and ar,

like the top to bottom shape of a, well, a pear. It’s like a large

salty-sweet tear or a glowing pendant pearl, both in form and in

spoken sound. Indisputably beyond compare, neither apple nor orange

can be a pear.

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