How To Name A Hurricane

Tame names don’t fit fierce storms like hurricanes.  More imaginative monikers might be merited:

  1. Aesop’s Ass
  2. Brutus is Back
  3. Chaos and Crud
  4. Demon Dervish
  5. Everybody Out Of The Pool Now!
  6. Frankenstein’s Foxtrot
  7. Godzilla’s Gyroscope
  8. Hell’s Bells
  9. Iscariot’s Idiocy
  10. Jezebel’s Joke
  11. Killer
  12. Lovers’ Lament
  13. Maniac
  14. Negotiating With A Narcissist
  15. Outrageous Odyssey
  16. Poseidon’s Polka
  17. Queen of Sheba’s Question
  18. Romeo’s Remorse
  19. Sybil’s Samba
  20. Tasmanian Devil
  21. Ugly Duck
  22. Valkyrie’s Valse
  23. Witch’s Brew
  24. Xerxes Exit
  25. You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me
  26. Zorro Meets Zelda

Top Twenty: Jazz Musicians

My Favorite Jazz Musicians (list in process)

Simone and Some More!

  1. Ella Fitzgerald
  2. Frank Sinatra
  3. Nina Simone
  4. Ray Charles
  5. Tony Bennet
  6. Etta James
  7. John Coltrane
  8. Norah Jones
  9. Miles Davis
  10. Dean Martin
  11. Astrud Gilberto
  12. Nat King Cole
  13. Louis Armstrong
  14. Vince Guaraldi
  15. George Winston
  16. Peggy Lee
  17. Bill Evans
  18. Dave Brubeck
  19. Dizzy Gilespie

More Words About Words

Others have already put together some amazing lists of words about words.  Here are three that I think are exceptional:

  1. StartWright even made up their own word for words about words: “Nymomyms”.  Here‘s their list.
  2. ScrollSeek has an extensive list also.  I found at least a few that weren’t on other lists.  Check it out.
  3. 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. 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. 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)
  3. Antanaclasis: Repetition of a word whose meaning changes in the second instance. “Your argument is sound…all sound.” — Benjamin Franklin. (from ScrollSeek)
  4. Camouflanguage: Language that uses jargon, euphemisms, and other devices to hide the true meaning of what is being said.  (from ScrollSeek)
  5. 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)
  6. 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!)

  7. babblative given to babbling; prattling, prating, loquacious   

    (from StartWright)

  8. tmesis inserting a word in the
    middle of another;separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more intervening

    (from StartWright)

  9. 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!)

  10. 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!

Looking Forward

I am looking forward to…

  1. 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!)
  2. Having the weekend for my days off!
  3. Going to family social events!  (They are usually scheduled on weekends.)
  4. Having my summers off!  (I like having big swaths of time for creative work and special projects.)
  5.  Traveling!
  6.  Not being censored!
  7. 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!)
  8. Not concerning myself with local politics.
  9. Not concerning myself with “tribal” thinking and parochial perfection.
  10. Trying new things!
  11. Growing!
  12. Living!

Fifteen Fun & Friendly Phrases

Silly salutations:

  1. See ya later, alligator!
  2. After awhile, crocodile!
  3. What’s the dope, antelope?
  4. Hello there, honey bear!
  5. How are you, kangaroo?
  6. What’s up, buttercup?
  7. What’s the word, hummingbird?
  8. What’s the gist, physicist?
  9. Care to remark, meadow lark?
  10. Bend my ear, little dear!
  11. Word on the street, parakeet?
  12. What’s your spiel, little seal?
  13. Good bye, sweetie pie!
  14. What’s your tale, killer whale?
  15. 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 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:

  1. Heterograph
  2. Heteronym
  3. Homonym
  4. Homophone
  5. Synonym
  6. Homograph

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?


Best Beaches

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.

Spectacular Beaches:

  1. Bandon Beach, Oregon
  2. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
  3. San Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine
  4. Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  5. Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire
  6. Panama City Beach, Florida
  7. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  8. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
  9. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  10. Seabrook Island, South Carolina
  11. Wildcat Beach, California
  12. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
  13. Moshup Beach in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusets
  14. New Port Beach, Orange County, California