Once Upon A Time

Did you ever notice how perfect the phrase ‘once upon a time’ is?

It has that perfect rhythm that gets people sucked in to a story, it has five syllables which can even start off a haiku, and it rolls off the tongue with perfect serenity.

I’m not a linguist, or any other kind of its, but I’m pretty sure ‘once upon a time’ is probably one of the most perfect phrases in the English language.

What other phrase can start off a story so well, and depending on the inflection, give it a happy feel or a grave feel. With emphasis on just one word, this phrase can carry so much meaning. It is a pregnant phrase that I think has fallen from common use lately except in the form of a cliche, but I promise it is anything but stale.

It would be quite serendipitous if there were more stories that began with this eloquent phrase. Maybe I’ll start writing them myself if no one else will.


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