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The word owl has a strange mouthfeel: open, windblown. The word swims on the tongue. The songs of various owl species seem equally uncertain: The barn owl’s rusty, hinged whine. The falling mew of the barred owl. The eerie, hollow knocking of the Eastern screech.
The name of Israel's god, but with only the consonants of the name, as spelled in the Hebrew Bible. In antiquity, Jews stopped saying the name as a sign of reverence. Some scholars today use only the consonants to recognize the lost original pronunciation or to respect religious tradition.