Because once upon a time, the world was filled with little phonemes, all wandering around, lost and helpless, because they were very small, and couldn't do a lot for themselves. Syllables like Res and Im tried to jump into texts and onto billboards to serve their duty as whole words, but they just got laughed at. Poor little Ty and Tious launched campaigns to be taken seriously as vessels of meaning, but no one paid attention. The phonemes hid under bushes and in fields, mumbling to themselves sadly, gradually losing faith that they had any power at all. Every now and then an animal would take interest in one of them, and Ba or Awk would feel renewed self-esteem, but this didn't fix the problem. And then one day, a brave and determined syllable named Co couldn't stand it anymore, and put out a call for a huge gathering of all the phonemes into one place. Every syllable attended, from far and wide, and they filled the huge valley of Frothy Creek, Michigan (in the Upper Peninsula. Population 2,103. Home to Frothy Creek Pudding: America's Favorite Tapioca.). "Listen, my friends", said Co. "We are lonely and frustrated and not working up to our potential as individuals. How can we change this?" "Paxil?" came a wee voice from the side. "No!" stomped Co. "We must GLUE OURSELVES TOGETHER!" "Literally?" asked Ence, worried about the long-term effects of epoxy. "I'm not sure," said Co, "but it's clear we must bond together to have meaning! Why, look what happens if I pull some of you with me into a group!" She grabbed Op, Er and Ate from the front row of the crowd. As they stood close in a line, a golden glow seemed to radiate from them, and an angelic hum (most likely a G major fifth) filled the air. "Ohhhh" gasped all the phonemes, as they beheld the strength and beauty of CoOpErAte. "We want to try!" called out La and Bor, and they nudged Op and Er out of the way to stand between Co and Ate. "Ohhhh!" gasped the crowd again, even more excited at the potential being revealed before their eyes. "Now me, now me!" demanded Pul, strutting up onstage to shove La and Bor aside, "I've ALWAYS felt like if I hung out with Co and Ate, we could thrust ourselves into something HUGE, and...HOT --"
"OOOOOOHHH kay," Co broke away. "I think we all get the idea. So...are we agreed? From now on, big words?" "BIG WORDS!!!" all the syllables chorused, as they danced happily in groups of three, four and five.
And ever since that day...there have been big words.
QWP, Context is Pro and met up with Cre and Ate