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
    words
    nobloominway   

    (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!

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

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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?

 

Colorful Vocabulary

The following links access great lists of phrases using color idioms:

  1. http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-meaning/color-words-phrases/color-phrases-967#.WPAFfin3PB0
  2. https://aimdanismanlik.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/color-idioms-and-phrases-in-english/
  3. https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/colour-idioms-list-and-their-meanings/
  4. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/idioms-referring-to-colors-of-the-rainbow/
  5. http://www.idiomconnection.com/color.html

Extraordinary Exclamations

30 Uncommon Exclamations

  1. Asteroids!
  2. Balderdash!
  3. Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk!
  4. CowaBUNGa! (Thank you, Snoopy, aka Charles Schultz)
  5. DUNder Mifflin!  [ 🙂 ]
  6. Everlasting entropy!
  7. Fig newtons!
  8. Funky unicorns!
  9. Good GRIEF!
  10. HOCKey pucks!
  11. Incomprehensible idiocy!
  12. Jack be nimble! Jack BE QUICK!
  13. Kibbles and BITS!
  14. Ludicrous!
  15. Muddy waters!
  16. Nip it!  In the bud!  (Credit good old Barney Fife!)
  17. Ohio BUCKeyes!
  18. Ping pong balls!
  19. Quintessential quackery!
  20. Rutherford B. Hayes!
  21. Shut the front door!  (Thank you television ad!)
  22. Sonja Henie’s tutu!
  23. Thunder and blazes!
  24. Unfathomable abomination. (Most effective when muttered w/ a snarl on one’s lips!)
  25. Be gone w/ thee thy VILE INSECT, lest I trod thou into the dust!  (Thank Shelly for that one!)  (And my brother who taught it to me when I was twelve.)
  26. Worcestershire sauce!
  27. Xanthum gum!
  28. Yellow-bellied SAP-sucker!
  29. You Hoboken!
  30. Zelda FitzGERald!

Containers and Collections

Exercise in finding words that express containers or collections.

Anthology

Attic

Bank

Box

Bureau

Cabinet

Cache

Can

Carton

Cellar

Chest

Closet

Den

Depository

Depot

Envelope

Field

File

Folder

Garden

Holder

Hole

Index

Jug

Keep

Key

Letter

Library

Locker

Menagerie

Nest

Opus

Portfolio

Quarry

Report

Reserve

Shelf

Store

Tomb

Tome

Trunk

U

Volume

Womb

X

Yard

Zoo