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)
||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!)
||given to babbling; prattling, prating, loquacious
||inserting a word in the
middle of another;separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more intervening
||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!)
||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!
- 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
Good foods I can eat as often as I like:
- Oats (I usually have 1/2 to 1 cup a day in a breakfast shake)
- Nuts (I don’t eat these enough because of cost)
- Seeds, especially Flax seed (I eat this as ground meal in my breakfast shake)
- Lentils (I like lentil soup; maybe there are other ways I would like this.)
- Eggs (I usually eat 2 or 3 hard-boiled yokes a day.)
- Tuna (I love tuna-fish! I should let myself have it twice a week!)
- Dark green veggies (I never have enough of these.)
- Avocado (Yum! I need to indulge in these more often!)
- Olives (I have never met an olive I didn’t like! Need more of these!)
- Berries (I should keep my freezer stocked w/ red berries for whenever I can’t get them fresh.)
- Apples (One a day!)
- Grapefruit (When I can get these in season, I should indulge frequently!)
- Bananas (I usually have 1 each day in my breakfast shake.)
Real-Life Feel-Good Stories (from my own life) that I need to tell some day:
- Unknown Skinny Man who pulled me off a burning lawn mower, carried me to the house, kept Mom and I from approaching it when it was about to explode, and then disappeared.
- Black Man & Son in Chicago who threw me over a wall to save me from falling ice-chunks; near where I had been standing a small car was crushed by one, and pieces from it landed where I had been. They too disappeared before I could thank him.
- Voice to “Go Limp!” during car crash, and the folks who cared for me. I was never able to find their house again.
- When I honked ’til awakening a slumped-over driver on the freeway.
- When I helped a lost driver find their way to SB and the Lord protected me.
- When a Black Man & Son came to our apt. door (in M,W) and intervened from another man who had been stalking us.
- When an Encyclopedia Sales-Kid came to C.H. and stayed ’til a stranger in a car left the neighborhood; the car-stranger had been following me on my bike.
- When a dove showed me the way home from a mall in FW.
- When a rotted stump saved my brother’s life.
- The morning God gave me Tangible Joy.
- When God save me from over-dose suicide-attempt.
- Wow. There are so many more! Praise be Jesus; thank You, Lord; I bow to You; Your Mercies are unending.