S: The Letter of Sinful Sensuality

Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote; Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs.

A Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare

The S is the most widely used initial letter in Modern English and is forever associated with the hissing serpent’s high frequency sound to which all animals instinctively react. Even the physical shape of the S is serpentine, reinforcing its association with sin, sex, sensuality, shame, salubrious, sultry, slippery, sublime, serene, sassy, sinister, siren song, sylph, Satyr, smile, and slinky.

When we hear the hiss of the letter S, we are at once repelled and attracted to its sexual promise. There's nothing like a strong stare from a sexy stranger to quicken our pulse, and the traditional meaning of S names mirror these sexy overtones: Sachi (girl of bliss), Sandra (protector of men), Scarlett (red), Selma (pretty), Sidonia (to entice), and Susan (rose). This is probably why so many famous Hollywood personalities embrace the S: Sharon Stone, Stella Stevens, Sally Struthers, Sam Shepard, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielburg, Susan Sarandon, and Steven Segal.

The sensual power of the S is most potent when undiminished by the addition of consonants, for when an H adjoins the S, words take on a coy and demure quality as in; shh, shy, shush, shrug, shrink, shroud, shrivel, and shame. But when followed by the letter L, the sounds are distinctly sloppy; slippery, slick, slimy, slinky, slithery, slobber, slushy, sludge, sluggish, slack, and sleazy.

People whose names begin with the sexy letter S tend to approach life from an oblique perspective that is often misunderstood by others. S people are not overly competitive, which might explain why they are amongst the least likely to have a professional sports career, become millionaires, or have a career in politics. Most would nevertheless agree that S people are the happiest and most self-fulfilled of all.