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Interesting observation, and good question. Can it really be just one great big coincidence?
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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This is probably the result of a psychological (not linguistic) process known as phonesthesia, the association of certain sounds with a lexical class. Phonesthesia is usually associated with consonants, like glow, glisten, gleam, glitter, but less often it can refer to vocalic sounds.
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