Set of three vowel sounds in a single syllable (eg m iei, s uoi, inq uie tare).
Sometimes, the exceptionality of a phenomenon is understood when it is observed through the amazed gaze of others.
The Italian language includes numerous words formed by the close encounter of three different vowels, yet, the search for the triptyong requires time and reasoning. In the immense sea of words that characterize the language, in fact, those formed by three vowels are difficult to trace for the mind and mouth accustomed to speaking the Italian language.
If, on the other hand, you pronounce the word “flowerbed” in the presence of an Englishman, he will remember that sound and the grammatical rule forever.
It is from the logbook of a world traveler that the reflection on the triptych is born, as well as the collection of all the most beautiful words for foreigners, a story of their amazement and their wonder in the presence of the Italian sonorous gentle language, which highlights the ease with which many things are taken for granted.
That words create worlds, universes, galaxies and, sometimes, unite them, is certainly not a discovery. However, in such a large and increasingly complex social reality, full of virtual connections, but sometimes split and divided, it is necessary to remember the cohesive power of language, a strong and often indissoluble power that arouses curiosity and creates essential bonds, like those among the vowels of the triptyongs and among the human beings scattered around the world, who still have the courage and the desire to marvel at an unusual sounding word.
But there is more.
From the meeting of the three vowels within a single syllable, not only is a firm union that can astound you, but also a transformation takes place.
The vowels in the triptyong change, becoming semivowels.
When they meet each other, it can happen that vowels are no longer simple vowels, but become a hybrid between a vowel and a consonant and their sound becomes shorter.
They could not do it alone.
We are who we are when we are alone, but we are also who we are when we live with others.
When we come into contact with them, we meet them, we collide.
When we touch, we unite, we become a single social entity.
The importance of a grammatical rule teaches us the importance that the absolute value of closeness assumes, even in a historical era in which it is advisable to keep distance, to the detriment of the strength of ties, of transformation understood as evolution, of amazement and of wonder. We are complete on their own as well, like the vowels, which exist beyond the triptyongs.
We are different when we meet, contaminating ourselves, modifying our sound, like vowels. Together we are more, we are richer.
Semivowels that aspire to the triptych.