I just learned that we can put sticky notes into our blog posts! Did you know that? This first sticky is just to remind me that this is possible. Meanwhile, what-all might I want to sticky? 1) a favorite scripture? 2) maybe a reminder for how to do something? 3) maybe a word of welcome to readers? Yes! That’s a good one! Welcome to my readers! I am SO GLAD you’ve taken the time to check out my blog! I hope you find something to enjoy. I also welcome comments!
Tame names don’t fit fierce storms like hurricanes. More imaginative monikers might be merited:
- Aesop’s Ass
- Brutus is Back
- Chaos and Crud
- Demon Dervish
- Everybody Out Of The Pool Now!
- Frankenstein’s Foxtrot
- Godzilla’s Gyroscope
- Hell’s Bells
- Iscariot’s Idiocy
- Jezebel’s Joke
- Lovers’ Lament
- Negotiating With A Narcissist
- Outrageous Odyssey
- Poseidon’s Polka
- Queen of Sheba’s Question
- Romeo’s Remorse
- Sybil’s Samba
- Tasmanian Devil
- Ugly Duck
- Valkyrie’s Valse
- Witch’s Brew
- Xerxes Exit
- You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me
- Zorro Meets Zelda
My Favorite Jazz Musicians (list in process)
Simone and Some More!
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Frank Sinatra
- Nina Simone
- Ray Charles
- Tony Bennet
- Etta James
- John Coltrane
- Norah Jones
- Miles Davis
- Dean Martin
- Astrud Gilberto
- Nat King Cole
- Louis Armstrong
- Vince Guaraldi
- George Winston
- Peggy Lee
- Bill Evans
- Dave Brubeck
- Dizzy Gilespie
Others have already put together some amazing lists of words about words. Here are three that I think are exceptional:
- StartWright even made up their own word for words about words: “Nymomyms”. Here‘s their list.
- ScrollSeek has an extensive list also. I found at least a few that weren’t on other lists. Check it out.
- Ragan’s PR Daily has a list of only fourteen, but there’s a couple not on the other lists. It’s a fine list, especially if you don’t have time for the more exhaustive (pun intended) ones.
And here’s a sweet sampling for my fellow logophiles:
- 1. Ambigram—a word that can be turned upside down and still be read as the same word. Example: MOW or NOON (from Ragan’s “14 Words about Words”)
- 2. Antimetabole—a word or a phrase that is repeated in the opposite order in the next clause or phrase. Example: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (from Ragan’s 14)
- Antanaclasis: Repetition of a word whose meaning changes in the second instance. “Your argument is sound…all sound.” — Benjamin Franklin. (from ScrollSeek)
- Camouflanguage: Language that uses jargon, euphemisms, and other devices to hide the true meaning of what is being said. (from ScrollSeek)
- Epizeuxis: Repetition of a word with vehemence or emphasis. “Alone, alone, all all alone. Alone on a wide wide sea.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge. See: palilogy, ploce. (from ScrollSeek)
paranym a word whose meaning is altered to conceal evasion
(from StartWright; too bad they don’t give an example. I included it in my list of faves because I like the concept!)
babblative given to babbling; prattling, prating, loquacious
tmesis inserting a word in the
middle of another;separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more intervening
catachresis (n) 1: use of the wrong word for the context
2 : use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)
(from StartWright; it’s an interesting concept!)
verbivore (n) lover of words
(from StartWright; maybe this would be better defined as a consumer of words?)
If you enjoyed these, you’re sure to find more bon-mots in the lists given above. Enjoy!
I am looking forward to…
- Having two days off in a row! (Most of my career I’ve had only one whole day off per week. When I had two days, they weren’t in a row. Having two days off in a row is awesome! It turns out two is different from one plus one!)
- Having the weekend for my days off!
- Going to family social events! (They are usually scheduled on weekends.)
- Having my summers off! (I like having big swaths of time for creative work and special projects.)
- Not being censored!
- Being able to discuss “verboten” topics. (Certain topics came up in class and the profs told us that they and we were “not allowed to discuss” some of them. I thought that meant in class. Later I learned that the profs couldn’t even discuss them outside of class! I had never heard of an educational institution censoring discussions let alone prohibiting topics. Plus, the Vatican really doesn’t want any Catholic discussing certain topics!)
- Not concerning myself with local politics.
- Not concerning myself with “tribal” thinking and parochial perfection.
- Trying new things!
- See ya later, alligator!
- After awhile, crocodile!
- What’s the dope, antelope?
- Hello there, honey bear!
- How are you, kangaroo?
- What’s up, buttercup?
- What’s the word, hummingbird?
- What’s the gist, physicist?
- Care to remark, meadow lark?
- Bend my ear, little dear!
- Word on the street, parakeet?
- What’s your spiel, little seal?
- Good bye, sweetie pie!
- What’s your tale, killer whale?
- Come again, little wren?
Can you think of (or make up) more fun phrases for greeting a gabby neighbor? Share your ideas in the comments!
Words about words!
Words are so cool. They are just little drawings on a page, but they can conjure up so much meaning, so much that matters so deeply to us. Words can also be about other words. Here are a few:
Wikipedia offers a Venn diagram that shows the relationship of these 6 types of words plus a few other types for which we don’t have names. Isn’t that strange?
I’ve been to lovely beaches along the east and west coasts of North America as well as in Puerto Rico and France. The following list is of beaches I have NOT yet been to but like to go because I have heard they are wonderful.
- Bandon Beach, Oregon
- Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
- San Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine
- Venice Beach, Los Angeles
- Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire
- Panama City Beach, Florida
- Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
- Cannon Beach, Oregon
- Seabrook Island, South Carolina
- Wildcat Beach, California
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
- Moshup Beach in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusets
- New Port Beach, Orange County, California