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A question about liquid sound /r/ and /l/

Hi, everyone,

why /r/ and /l/ are called liquid and how this term liquid  originated ?
 I happened to read an online book  called '' A Little Encyclopaedia
of Phonetics'' (www.personal.rdg.ac.uk/~llsroach/encyc.pdf), which
reminds me of this question I had  before.

 That book mentioned (pp.47) liquid is an old-fashioned word but
somehow the term suvives. Can someone have more details about the
origin of this term ?  Thanks a lot,

Xinhui Zhou