It’s “voila” – NOT “viola”!

When you want to say “et voila!”, that is how it is spelled. Please don’t say “viola” unless you are talking about that particular stringed instrument that is similar to a violin.

I just saw someone type “viola” when they meant “voila”, and it made me cringe, so here I came to gripe about it.

11 thoughts on “It’s “voila” – NOT “viola”!

    • Nice to meet you, Helene!

      I just checked out your site and am happy to see this:


      Have you seen the film “Waking Life”? When I read what you wrote about words, I am reminded of this quote from said film:

      “When I say love, the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love, and they register what I’m saying and they say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we’re understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.”

  1. So glad you mentioned this!
    I don’t know the film, but the quote you brought up is one of my all-time favorite topics / concepts.

    Knowledge is experiential.
    People talking about things they have no clue about (while they really believe they are bearers of truth),
    Communication breakdown ( 😉 ).

    Words are guides, like a star shining high in the sky.
    We are travelers, and we’re seeking the path to words’ substance.

    Btw, did you know that Word (of God) in John’s (original?) Greek text is ,
    and this refers to at least
    (a) speech, as in articulated sounds and parts of discourse,
    (b) logic,
    (c) ratio.
    This, to me, is one reason why we should investigate words: sometimes, they work as indications of what we should focus on and tune into while we practice finding and living their true meaning.

    • I probably don’t know near as much about Biblical Greek than you do, but I am honoured to meet someone who takes it seriously.

      I did a bit of digging into the Greek when I was researching what the Bible says about divorce: the Greek word for “put away”, that being “agapao” (if I spelled that correctly from memory) has been mistranslated as meaning the same thing as the word for “divorce” (apostasion?), and that seemingly small error has led to a ridiculous amount of destroyed lives as people stay in failed and even abuse-laden marriages because they feel they are doing the right thing.


      “Words are guides, like a star shining high in the sky.
      We are travelers, and we’re seeking the path to words’ substance.”

      That is lovely. 🙂

      • This is a wonderful conversation, an interesting topic for research, and for some blog posts too (writers write words, LoL).

        Anyways, “αγαπάω” (agapao) does not mean “put away” — perhaps it’s another verb you met?

        Αγαπάω’s connotations in Ancient Greek include:

        >> greet with affection; or, to be regarded with affection,
        >> generally, love, esp. of children,
        >> of the love of God for man and of man for God, (Is.41.8, De.11.1, al., cf. Ev.Jo.3.21, Ep.Rom.8.28)
        >> seldom of sexual love
        >> of brotherly love, Ev.Matt.5.43, al.

        (Source: Liddell-Scott Lexicon of Ancient Greek — THE Best !!)

        I don’t know which word is used for divorce, and what the controversy was (I’ll look it up, no promises) — but, yes, the tendency was to often remain in unhappy or plain abusive mariages because of norms imposed, among others, by religious interpretations and requirements.

        But there’s more to it, of course. The structure of society at those times (historical / sociological perspective); standards of living (like, illiterate-mother-of-six-slave-of-home-production-in-pre-industrial-mountainous-village-of-limited-resources); morals, folk civilization codes & ethics; and so on.

        Also (and I think we’re on the same page here, right?), faith is often appropriated by the occasional pockets of power who set out to misdirect people for their purposes — since very, very ancient times. The perpetuation of oppressive forms of relations through use of the Holy Message of Love is only one of the crimes committed by such “representatives” of the Church… unfortunately.

      • Aaaack! I can’t believe I said “agapao” when I meant “apoluo”.

        Hope that makes my previous comment more sensible.

    • Ok, ‘απολύω’ makes your comment a lot more sensible, indeed. 🙂
      I’ll look it up, sweetie — but, for now, tons of translation work to go through, so let’s give it a rain check, shall we?

      Glad to have met you online.

    • Hey! Jim! Hello, there! Thanks for your concern. I didn’t think anyone noticed, but I appreciate that you did. I’ve just been busy with other aspects of life.

      Yesterday, however, my blog came to mind when I heard a writer talking on the CBC radio, giving a quote he attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald, which said something like, “You can write drunk, but you must always revise sober.”

      I don’t advocate drunkenness, although the point is well taken, and those words got me thinking of how I used to post in my blog little nuggets by famous writers that encouraged me.

      When I looked up the words about writing drunk/editing sober, it seems that it was actually Ernest Hemingway who should receive the credit.

      Thank you so very much for checking on me, Jim. I will try to get in here and say a word or two now and then. And now, I will go see what writing you yourself have been up to on WordPress.

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