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  • It all got started with a search
    for synonyms for luggage
    spurred by the cases in the picture
    that seemed to be well-travelled
    but I didn’t like the word suit

    Among countless links of info
    I stumbled on a website
    offering to pronounce luggage
    in 26 different languages
    just like an alphabet
    starting with Arabic

    Natural curiosity led me to listen
    to the sound of luggage
    expressed about the world

    Similarities were clear
    within linguistic families
    (Latin, Slavic, Asian, Teutonic)
    yet nuances could still be heard

    Each language definitely had character
    some, alarmingly so
    but there I was transported
    on the prosody of tongues
    with no idea whatsoever that bagasje
    could make the loveliest sound,
    it just worked out that way

    • Czech: zavazadla • Danish: bagage
    • Dutch: bagage • Finnish: matkatavarat
    • German: gepäck • Italian: bagaglio
    • Swedish: bagage • Turkish: bagaj

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