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!


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!