Is that a word? Or a sound?

It seems that there are many symbols used in the printing of a book that indicate the closure of a section.
Like these.

It’s not something that has been beeped out or censored because it is offensive. Yes, that too, but in a word. Like, f***ing.

But, stand alone.

Three asterisks in a row *** are the typographical symbols used to indicate a section break in writing.

I never knew they had a name!

DINKUS also feels like a sound.

I hear DINKUS in my mind as a ding that signifies the finish of something and the beginning of yet another beautiful thing.

Looking at the odd word, at the different sounding word, I feel a sense of newness. I can say it slow, savouring it, rolling the letters but it comes out quick, like the joy of a little child that is spontaneous and knows no bounds.

It tastes like sweet, sticky jelly of my childhood that was not even set properly but we still scooped it up and ate the semi liquid, smearing our faces with it.

I can smell the word, sweet and pungent at once, like cinnamon.

I can feel it slithering sinuously, leaving a trail in my mind.

I always want to use all caps, because it conveys so much joy.

The plural is DINKUSES!!

If I close my eyes, I can see a series of little pixies, marching on, in a single file. How cute they look!


Being a DINKUS means being idiotic, as per the online dictionary that I consult. Which is quite true of this post.

That’s how some words evoke a lot for feeling in us. Its more about their sound and feel than their meaning. Which word is it for you?

39 thoughts on “Introducing Dinkus

    1. Hey, yes, Neil, Dinkus and Doofus do seem to be synonyms. What a great thing to be making a connection between the two.

      And what a catchy word, Doofus πŸ™‚ I can’t get it out of my mind!

      And trivia: according to Merriam-Webster, plural of Doofus is doofuses also dufusesΒ πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and for your thoughts.

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  1. Dinku is my nickname for my husband…I wonder how and when I started calling him that but I do that even now for 13 years since I have known him😝..so when I read the title I was in giggles😜

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    1. Happy that you giggled, Neethu πŸ™‚

      I guess, that’s how nicknames are, a little wierd, a little silly but they stick like glue!

      The word ‘Dinkus’ then sounds like the plural of your hubby πŸ˜‰

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  2. Ok you had me going… I would have actually liked it if *** was actually called dinkus. Plural dinkuses for all of us. 😁


  3. I really dont think there is anything idiotic about this post. It is a lovely piece of beautifully woven thoughts that took us on a journey whose destination we could not guess bcos it kept us so engaged

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  4. I too had no idea that Dinkus would be the word to describe this set of symbols. Wow, it’s indeed funny and somewhere I recollect Welma from Scooby Doo using this word well.

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  5. I am glad to be back here on your blog to read your new research paper on Dinkus and Dinkuses! It was an enlightening read for sure! Now I know what I’ve been missing out in the past few months(or maybe more)! It was wonderful to see how a sound/word becomes a tangible element that creates sensations such as touch and smell!

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  6. Awesome. Didn’t know of this word…forget the usage and somehow almost every writer using it in one form or the other. Oh Sona ji keep teaching us newer things like this with your knowledge and writing.

    #MyFriendAlexa #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

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