NAME NINE GAME:
Name nine of each of the following. (Some sets have only nine, some have more. Some are easy, some extremely challenging — maybe because there aren’t nine? Wink, wink.)
[Answers for sets that have ONLY NINE will be given in later posts.]
- Angels (hierarchy designations, not individual names)
- Baseball Positions
- Classical Composers (actual style period)
- Dante’s Divisions of Hell
- Epiphany Hymns
- Fellowship of the Ring Members
- Greek Muses
- Brady Bunch Household Members
- Innings in Baseball
- Titles for Jesus
- English Kings
- Liturgical Seasons
- Music Modes
- Names of God from the Old Testament
- O Antiphons
- Planets (as designated before 2006)
- Pool Ball Colors
- Rooms in Clue
- Santa’s Reindeer
- Tic-Tac-Toe Positions
- US Supreme Court Members (current)
- Versions of the Bible
- “Worthies” (of the Middle Ages)
- Countries Touching the Baltic Sea
- Things that are Naturally or Typically Yellow
- Other sets that contain only nine members
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)
||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?