haiku for today:
twiddle dee, twiddle
not! There is so much alive —
seizing the day, seek!
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Do you like to play word games? When you are asked that question, what comes to mind?
I like word games, nearly all sorts of word games.
NPR’s A Way With Words is a show I hope to contribute to, call in to one day. Have you ever called in to the show?
One ‘trick’ I use frequently when trying to think of words, or make word associations, is to go through the alphabet in my mind. For example, if I were trying to rhyme words with the word ‘toad’ I might “think” like this:
A = abode, a la mode
B = bode (doesn’t bode well)
C = code, Morse code
D =ado’d (as in “I adored you” with a southern accent???) bad, bad, bad…
E = erode
G = goad, geode
H = hoed (hoe that field!)
I = implode
J = ?
K =”he knowed it” (poooooor English, but it is used all too often)
L = load, mother lode
M = mode (modus operandi), a la mode
N = node
O = owed
P = ?
R = road, rode
S = stowed,
T = toad, towed, toed the line
U = untoward (unto’ad) poorly pronounced???
V = vowed (but it ONLY works in print, pronunciation = incorrect!)
W = wowed (but it only works in print…), Whoa’d ??, woe (woed?)
X = ? [exude = close, but won’t quite work]
Y = y’owed (ya / you owed) or even y’old with the /l/ barely pronounced (you old, ya old)???
Z = ?
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Does this make you think I am completely crazy? Or does your mind work this way, too?
The internet offers many wonderful tools now to find more rhymes:
A quick check on Rhymer.com reveals a lot of words I did not think about:
Rhymezone.com offers a different way of listing:
And there are many other fun tools out there.
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Of course, your next question might be, why ‘toad’?
My quirky answer = It’s been so warm the past few days that I have found myself wondering (as I walk around our backyard) whether or not I’ll see any toads, whether or not they’ll be teased out from winter hibernation?
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I look forward to your ‘word play’ stories — please reply and share, thanks!