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This edition of the Quibbler is all about letters. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, 'the letters of the alphabet or physical letters that you send to someone else?' Regretfully, I'm not entirely sure... it could be either, both, or even neither. You never know what to expect when the wacky Quibbler staff gets up to pun-y antics, but that's part of what makes things fun. Anyway, to go along with this edition of the Quibbler, we bring you a discussion all about letters. Haven't read the latest issue yet? Never fear, you can find it here.

Discussion Questions to Consider:
- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?


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Muggle Born
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- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
Weirdeties of the wizarding world. I think it is an interesting portrait of parently pressure.

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I don't have a favourite letter.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
I like the phrase "ignorance is bliss", it's well structured.

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)? I like open-hearted letters, it's nice having a piece of something palpable that contains someone else's feelings.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why? I have not, although I would love to have a pen pal to send/receive snail mail.
 

Pureblood
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What was your favorite article this month? Why?
I liked Dangerous Beasts. It was fun and had a few things I could relate to.
- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I don't really have a favorite letter. It is not something I have ever thought about.
- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy. It's so true. The truth is something you probably don't want to hear. A fantasy is good and you want to hear it. The fantasy should make you feel better.
- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
I just enjoy hearing what the person has been up to. You can re-read your favorite parts (without having to ask if you are in a conversation.)
- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?
I send letters via snail mail all the time. It's a nice surprise to get the mail and see a letter from a friend or family member. I had pens pals when I was in high school. I loved it. I wrote to around thirty people who lived all over the world. For the ones in the United State we wrote weekly. For those overseas we wrote once or twice a month. I met a few of them and we became good friends and have travelled together. I still keep in touch with a few of my overseas pen-pals. It is interesting to learn about their culture and see how similar or different it is from this culture.
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Mixed Blood
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- What was your favorite article this month? Why?

My favorite article was Dangerous Beasts. I completely agree with writer. I don’t like bugs either and could happily do without them unfortunately I have a cat who finds them fascinating.

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?

No, I don’t have a favorite letter. They’re just letters ones just as good as another.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.

I can’t think of any word or phrase that I like just because of how it looks.

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?

I don’t have a particular style that I like better than others. It’s just nice to hear from someone and find out what they’re doing. Sometimes a humorous one can put me in a better mood though just because it makes me laugh. A sentimental one can also be nice at times.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?

Yes, I’ve sent letters to people and received letters sent by snail mail. It’s been a while though. When I was growing up everyone didn’t have computers and email so that’s the way I sent and received letters. I used to do it with a friend who had moved away. I also did it with my family when I was away at camp during the summer as well as when I went off to college. Now it’s something I rarely do. It’s just easier to send an email. That way it gets there instantly. You don’t have to wait days for the person to receive it.

 

Universal Ravenclaw
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I really liked the Dangerous Beasts article by LUNAtic12 it was funny and charming. It reminded me of how I was about bugs (ok, maybe not the ants) when I was a child.

As far as my favorite letter in the alphabet, I would go with the letter ‘V’. I know you all were expecting me to say ‘K’, but ‘V’ is way more elegant. It is also simple to write in cursive or print.

Not only is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich one of my favorite books, I just love the way it looks. All these two, three, and four letter words followed by one with ten, it seems to have a certain symmetry to it.

I like to receive simple to the point notes from friends and family. I do not like having to cut through the waffle. That being said: I am pretty good at extraneous statements myself, lol.

I am old enough to have received and sent many letters by snail mail. I am still a firm believer that some things like thank you notes and invitations always make a better presentation on paper rather than in an email. I am guilt of sending electronic birthday cards.

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- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
R. It was the first letter of my birth name, and even though I changed that I still really like R.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
Antidisestablishmentarianism is always fun

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
One full of news! And one with pictures of course - either photos, or drawings. My mum still gets a letter from her high school art teacher every year, and it always comes with handdrawn illustrations to the year's stories.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion?
Yes, multiple times sent and received. I used to send to my pen pal in Australia. It's fun to do as a project, but not a useful way to communicate important things any more.
 

Muggle Born
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- What was your favorite article this month? Interview with Newt Scamander
Why? Well he had a point unfortunately for the interviewer she seemed very confused, to me he made perfect sense, Do you have any idea how many owls it would take to send a missive one owl at a time? And the confusion if they arrived out of order! My word it could take years even Centuries to unscramble all the possibilities and by then it would be irrelevant most likely! So why would you send A letter by owl or an other means.
- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? L
Why? Love, Laughter, Life, Liberty, Luxury, Light, Lift, Leisure Listening, Learning, Luscious, L is a letter of positivity what more could you ask from a letter
- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Laughter
Tell us about it. L for Love, A for Acceptance, U for Understanding, G for Giggles, H for Happy, T for Trust, E for Excitement, R for Rejoice When I here Real laughter it is what I think of so when I see the word I think of those things too
- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)? I like letters that are Happy full of news that shows that the people I care about are happy and healthy and enjoying life this world has to much sorrow , anguish and pain. I don't want that for anyone but especially for those I care about be they friend family or acquaintance.
- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail?Yes many of them
Have you ever sent one? Again Yes Many of them
To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion?Every one of my Brothers(5) and Sister but I am the only one left and the kids all use other means of communication. There was never a need for an occasion we wrote every week or two just to keep in touch and see how everyone was doing
If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?

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Pureblood
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My favourite article from this issue was Richard's Rant. It was humorous and I totally understand the hate towards the letter 'q'. 'Queue' is one of the weirdest words in the English language. It should be banned. We shall all stand in lines from now on. And instead of queuing up, we shall line up.

My favourite letter in the alphabet is 's' because it looks like a snake. (And we all know snakes are awesome.) You can have 'sssss' and it sounds like a snake. It can sound soft, or it could be a hiss. I analyse poetry in English literature and sibilance is great. 'S' is what it is.

I don't really have a favourite word/sentence based on how it looks. However, I really enjoy certain sentences that are full with metaphorical imagery. They're usually found in poetry and contain some deep meaning. Another aspect of poetry is looking at how letters create an internal rhyme within the poem. Sibilance is an example of this mentioned above. Assonance and consonance is basically the same thing but with vowels and consonants, respectively.

Instant messaging has destroyed writing and posting letters, and this is coming from someone who loves technology. I've rarely received any letter off family members and loved ones. That being said, I've received the odd sentimental letter in the past, some off my dad and grandma. They've often been a mixture of cringe and love. I enjoy receiving postcards, though. They're short, witty, and sentimental all at the same time. Not to mention, they come with a great picture.

Showing my age here but I had to google snail mail. Now I am more informed, I have never sent a letter via snail mail. My nan and granddad used to send letters to these two girls in Africa who they sponsored. They would receive money and gifts off my grandparents. It was some Christian programme that aimed to help less fortunate children in developing countries. I would sometimes write a letter out for them and my grandparents would send it to them. Apart from that, all my pen pals have been internet friends.

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Hufflepuff Prefect
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- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
I'd have to say the Dangerous Beasts article. I wholeheartedly agree with the author's take on mosquitos. As for the bees and wasps, I don't mind them, I sometimes share my food with them and they usually leave me alone. Just be careful not to sit on one or swallow one!
- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
S. Maybe because it's all squiggly. And the sound it portrays is funny. Hissssssss... And no, I'm not a Slytherin. 😂 More a fan of dear Gollum.
- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
The word "bubble" It consists to 50% of "b"s, one of the most ridiculous letters in the entire alphabet. Somehow I find the whole word funny.
- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
Well, I hardly ever get letters from my friends, probably because I almost never write letters, myself. I abhor writing in all forms but letters are the worst. Apart from diary entries. If I ever get another letter I'd like a humorous one, something to make me smile or grin or maybe even giggle. Everyone needs a good laugh every once in a while. Positive outlook on life and all that.
- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why? Well, I've never attached a letter to a snail in my life. I'm sure this has to do with my general dislike of writing letters, if I write one I'll want to make sure it arrives in a timely manner. No point in going to all the work otherwise. Although I have drawn a snail on envelopes on occasion, usually if it was an apologetic note of the belated birthday greeting variety.
 

Pureblood
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My favorite article this month? Again, hard question, but I’m going to have to go with the Quibblers Quandary. The reason why is I love those types of puzzles. For my favorite letter of the alphabet would be the letter E. Not only it is the first letter of my name, but it's also is the first letter of my favorite animal the Elephant. I also have a second favorite letter, but I won't mention that one and no it’s not a bad letter/word. You know I never really thought of having a word or phrase that I like until this question. So I guess I don’t have one. I love getting letters! I like all styles expect the sad ones and the bad news ones. But, if I had to choose a favorite type it would be happy and humorous. And it doesn’t matter how I get them whether being mail or email. Yes, I have receive/send a letter via snail mail. I have sent one to my friend she lived in a different country. There wasn’t an occasion, we just wanted to write each other letters. And plus at the time, we didn’t have cell phones since we were just kids.
 

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As always, I absolutely adored “Dear Snape”! It’s just so snarky and wonderful. I always read it in Alan Rickman’s voice. I find it interesting and odd that his favorite letter is T. I also enjoyed the Dream Interpretations. I do not have a favorite letter. Letters are just letters, used to make words. I suppose if I had to choose one I would pick the letter R because I think it makes a pretty sound. There is nothing particularly special about any one or another of them. My dearest friend moved across the country when we were in fifth grade and we didn’t have phones so I wrote to her every week. I sent her pictures and well wishes and she always wrote back. This went on for years, at least until I graduated from eighth grade.But then we grew up and cell phones became a thing, and facebook, so we don’t talk much anymore. I am not on facebook though, so we haven’t spoken in a while. I enjoy all words. I have a degree in English. Words are sort of what I do. I always prefer to receive good news from friends. I wouldn’t think anyone would look forward to bad news.


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Ultimate Hufflepuff
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I don't have any special feelings for the alphabet, as far as I can search my heart about it XD
Don't get me wrong. I love words. I love to read, words of romance are the kind of things that always make my heart swoon, and I do enjoy the English language very much - even studied English lit because of it ^_^
But I can't think of a particular sentence or letter that I like more than others. It's the stories and the imagery which can be created through language that I love, not the letters or words themselves I guess ~


Whenever I travel I ask my friends to write me letters to read on the plane, and they are always optimistic and funny, which is something that I love. I don't think I'd do very well with sad or sentimental letters, because I think that deep feelings should be expressed face to face and it's really awkward when told in words or even through the phone. So I'll go with lighter letters please ~

Snail mail is very out of fashion nowadays. I remember sending one postcard with my dad when I was 13 - we were in Australia and sent a postcard back home. It's funny, I don't even remember if the rest of the family got the snail mail before my dad and I came back home XD
Snail mail definitely has something beautiful and interesting about it, but at the same time it's not very practical. And I'm a practical kind of person, so haven't sent any snail mail since...
 

Pureblood
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What was your favorite article this month? Why?

Once again Dear Snape was my favourite article, I just love the terse replies and the not so vieled sarcasm - just perfect.

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?

I have two favourite letters O and X because they represent hugs and kisses and I think the World could do with more hugs and kisses.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.

I just love the word 'flabbergasted' the way it looks and the emotion it expresses leaves my flabber well and truly gasted.


- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?

One full of news and humour will always brighten my day.


- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?

I am of a generation that was taught the art of letter writing at school - we used to have one lesson per week teaching us how to write letters correctly everything from a formal business letter to an informal letter. I have over the years received many letters via snail mail and I still have many of them. I used to have numerous pen-pals across the World and would write on average twenty or so letters per week and receive a similar number back. We would exchange news and information about our lives. With some of my pen-pals they were learning English and I was learning their language so half of the letters were written in English and half in the other language and we would offer advice on grammer in our replies. Sadly most of the letter writing stopped with the advent of e-mail as it was much quicker and cheaper, but I do honestly prefer letter writing. I often used to design my own stationery to use in my letters and would try and match the designs to the person I was writing to. One of my pen-pals became my best friend in real life and we have been on many adventures together we still write to each other although not as regularly as we used to but if one of us is feeling down receiving a letter through the door from the other is sure to make us feel better.

I still send many Christmas and Birthday cards via snail mail every year and love to receive cards back via snail mail, to me it shows more effort than just wishing someone a happy birthday on facebook, choosing and writing a card and then taking time to go to the post office to send it means you are in that persons thoughts for quite a time.
 

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- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
I really enjoy reading Luna's Travel Logs. This one happened to be about a marshump which is something of a type of snake-bear hybrid that feeds on thoughts. I like reading about the many creatures people come up with and their special abilities I find them interesting.

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I guess if I had to pick a favorite letter it would be O. Mainly because I can doodle so many pictures out of an O when I am sitting in class and taking notes, I can turn it into an eyeball or a mouth, a pair of glasses, who knows what could come out of O's.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
I like the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious... it's fun to say and sing about.

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
I wish I would just get any kind of letter from friends and or family, telling me how they are doing and asking me the same. People don't send letters in the mail anymore.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?
My friend was in the army and she had no one to write to her. I met her online in a game so I told her to give me the address and i would. She felt so alone during her training that she said my letters brightened her day. it was nice to be able to make someone smile. She would write back of course through a six month period. I am glad I could be with her when she felt alone and troublesome.

 

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My favorite article this month was the recipe. What can I say, I just really enjoy cooking, food and everything that has to do with it.
My favorite letter would be the X, I think. Because it represents both a letter, a number and it's now also commonly and popularly used to indicate a kiss. I love mutlifunctional things.
My (current) favorite saying in English is "One drop fof ink makes millions think." I'm not a native speaker so I don't have favorite phrases or other sayings as I don't speak English that often, but I really liked this saying.
I don't get letters that often, so I'd say I would pretty much like any sort and form of letters. I do always like postcards too. However, I really just prefer talking to people, and if that cannot happen face to face because of the distance I really enjoy talking on the phone.
I've never used snail mail, but considering the time it takes the postal service to deliver stuff you might as well call that snail mail. I have used that mail service, and even had a pen pal at some point, but with the quick development on the digital front, I mostly communicate that way now.
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Mixed Blood
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Oh I am already enjoying this discussion! These questions are every bit as entertaining as the Quibbler itself.

1. My favorite article of the Quibbler, as always, would be the letters to and from Snape. I always get a giggle from this section because of the sarcastic remarks replied to his fan mail. When I watch a muggle late night show hosted by the muggle, Jimmy Fallon, he takes time to write humorous letters to random people and things. As I read the remarks from Snape I usually imagine the way Jimmy Fallon is sitting at his desk and putting pen to paper, beginning to write 😂😂😂

2. I thought this question would be difficult to answer. Like choosing a favorite color, I'm very indecisive by nature, and usually can't just settle on one thing. I honestly have never thought of it before. However one letter just jumped right out of my head, alert and rising to the occasion. The letter "F" stands out to me because not only do I like the way its Lowercase and Uppercase form looks when I write it, but because it starts off many of my favorite words. Words such as Food, Fork, Fraternizing, Funny, Fickle, Facetious, Facts, Friendship, Flamboyant, Furthermore, among many others I cannot recall immediately. Not to mention a word I cannot use here but do tend to "DROP" when I am in certain moods, if you get what I am saying...or not saying that is...

3, When I was in 3rd grade, I would step into my classroom every weekday, no matter if my day was going swell or crumby, it would always be brightened when my eyes caught a thin long strip of wall decoration hanging just above our cursive letters and dry-erase board. This banner was displaying little planets, stars and other astronomy figures across it, with bold white letters quoting "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." That was certainly the most inspiring and beautiful thing I had ever heard at that time of my life. Such a simple phrase but it spoke volumes to me and inspired such feelings in me that I would be in deep thought all through the rest of class, contemplating my whole future and all my hopes and dreams.

4. As a kid I learned of people who would have pen palls from other countries, and different walks of life, who would write one another to learn about each other. I was fascinated by that and always wanted to have a pen pall like that but I never knew how to just randomly get a person's address from another country, so I never really got to send letters to a complete stranger in a foreign land and get to become best friends with them like I dreamed of as a child. I did however know a person who went to jail and was hoping to hear from people he knew while he was in there, to give him something else to focus on and do, so I started writing him while he was in there. He sent me a "Thank You" card and a birthday card while he was in there and he also had a cellmate who could draw and color really good so on the back of one of his letters he had his cellmate draw me a hummingbird sipping some nectar from a flower. It was a beautiful piece of art and I still have it. 😊 He had to trade some things to his cellmate to draw that and color it for me but he said it was worth it because hearing from me was something he could count on and my positive attitude in my letters had been a beacon of light and hope to him while he was incarcerated. That was pretty cool. I also love getting letters from my nephews and nieces. Though their handwriting is hard to make out and they have just the most random things to say. Its short, sweet and good material for scrap-booking.

5. By snail mail I am assuming you mean letters sent through the mailbox/postal service which takes like 3 days or possibly longer just to reach the recipient, in which I would have to answer yes. This topic takes me back to my previous answer about writing my friend who was incarcerated. If this is not what you meant by snail mail then I have to admit that I don't understand the subject matter and I therefore, half-embarrassed, apologize for my lack of knowledge.
 

Mixed Blood
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I really liked the Dangerous Beasts article by LUNAtic12 it was funny and charming. It reminded me of how I was about bugs (ok, maybe not the ants) when I was a child.

As far as my favorite letter in the alphabet, I would go with the letter ‘V’. I know you all were expecting me to say ‘K’, but ‘V’ is way more elegant. It is also simple to write in cursive or print.

Not only is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich one of my favorite books, I just love the way it looks. All these two, three, and four letter words followed by one with ten, it seems to have a certain symmetry to it.

I like to receive simple to the point notes from friends and family. I do not like having to cut through the waffle. That being said: I am pretty good at extraneous statements myself, lol.

I am old enough to have received and sent many letters by snail mail. I am still a firm believer that some things like thank you notes and invitations always make a better presentation on paper rather than in an email. I am guilt of sending electronic birthday cards.

@Kestrel Winter

Having read your discussion response, "to cut through the waffle." is one of my new favorite "Visually Pleasing" phrases.
 

Mixed Blood
Ravenclaw
1st year Witch
Status: Offline
Age: 28
Posts: 506
- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
I absolutely love the "You didn't here it from us" article. It is so true. There are so many words that I ways spell or write wrong and it is nice to have a reason for it

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I like the letter m. I don't really have a reason as such, I just like the way it sounds

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
I love the work mollusc. Its such a fun word to say.

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
I like most kinds of letters, I guess it depends on who sent it as to what I would want it to contain. From most of my friends I like humorous letters, from family I like more serious ones and a slightly more sentimental (but not overly so) from some others.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?
I had a friend that I used to write to every few months. We used to send random items and notes through the post, normally along a particular theme each time. I remember sending a parcel themed around mice. There were little stuffed mice and mouse cat toys from a charity shop and the entire note was cut out in the shape of a mouse. I wish that I had the time to do things like this again, its such a nice thing to send and receive actual letters
 

Pureblood
Slytherin
Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light
5th year Witch
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Age: 26
Posts: 21,654
- What was your favorite article this month? Why?
The Devil's Advocate brought both a smile and a laugh to my face. Even though it entails something as mundane as the letter x, it is written in such a way that it becomes really interesting. I want to know that the writer thinks about it. I want to continue reading. This sentence in particular: " The 'X' has been robbed! Cheated! Betrayed! " really made me giggle on the inside, and instantly made me read on. Well written, well executed and brilliantly defended. All around an incredible job!

- What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I have never actually thought about this, and it took me a while to find my favorite. But, eventually, after spending WAYYYY too much time pondering about it, I found my answer. My favorite letter is: W. Not only because you can ask all the questions in the world with: What, when, where and why, but also because of www . Without those three little W's, the internet would never be the same. Okay, this might be an exaggeration, but they are important.

- "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks? Tell us about it.
Pretty much any phrase written in calligraphy or some kind of curved writing. But then I guess it would be more about the style and not the words themselves. Hmm... I do like the classic Mary Poppins: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" even though I will never in my life learn to say it. However, my favorite word, I like both because it is short, and sweet, looks nice and also because it means a lot to me: Magic.

- Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
I don't really receive many letters anymore, unless its from my mom, but humorous ones always bring a smile to my face, or ones calling back to old memories.

- Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?
Alright, I have to admit that I needed to google what on earth Snail mail meant. I was surprised to find out that its just a normal letter... Why call it snail mail? And then it hit me... I'm getting old Nevertheless, yes, I have received many letters through the mail, and sent as well. Mostly, I have received birthday and Christmas cards throughout the years, though I have gotten a few post cards from people on vacation too. One of them even from a lovely Hexian <3
The amount of letters I have sent is a bit less though. I have sent packages and letters to my three best friends, who all live in America. They all made it just fine most of the time. I don't usually send many letters though, its been some years since the last time.
My mom, on the other hand, prefers snail mail to emails, and have several pen pals around the country she sends letters to.
 

Hagrid's Assistant
Hagrid's Assistant
Mixed Blood
Slytherin
I have approximate knowledge of many things.
4th year Witch
Status: Offline
Age: 29
Posts: 28,221
What was your favorite article this month? Why?
This time I like the Devil's Advocate article best. It was a fun read and interesting view on the letter X.

What's your favorite letter in the alphabet? Why?
I never really thought about it to be honest. That's why I first answered the other questions to give myself time to think about it. And I think it helped. My favorite letter has to be the letter S. It's one smooth, curvy, symmetric line which makes my inner graphic designer happy. My favorite word starts with S and another favorite phrase/name contains even two S.

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is probably one of my favorite sentences because it contains all of the letters of the alphabet. Do you have a word or phrase that you like just because of how it looks?
One of my favorite words is sanctuary. Not only do I like how it looks but also how it's pronounced. The word is part of some things I like so maybe that's why I like it so much: The manga title Angel Sanctuary, the world in the game Diablo is called Sanctuary, the area where the character spawns that inspired my username is called Chaos Sanctuary. So I've seen the word written down a lot and payed more attention to it I guess.
Another word/phrase that I like is my username. Lady de Seis looks pretty in my opinion. I mentioned before that it is inspired by a video game character. His name is Lord de Seis. I always loved that name, liked how it looked. So when I had to come up with a username I had to think of that character and changed Lord into Lady.

Is there a style of letter that you prefer to receive from friends or loved ones (e.g., a humorous one, a sentimental one, etc.)?
I don't think I have a favorite style. Any letter would make me happy because it means someone was thinking of me and took the time to write the letter. That to me is precious.

Have you ever received a letter via snail mail? Have you ever sent one? To whom did you send/receive that letter and what was the occasion? If you haven’t ever sent a letter via snail mail, is there a reason why?
I never heard the term snail mail so I had to look it up (found out there's a singer-songwriter called Snail Mail and their music is actually not that bad). It seems like a fun thing to do - sending letters to strangers. I could see myself sending a letter or postcard - but I would not want to receive one back because I don't want to share my address with strangers on the internet.
 

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