Random Questions & Brand New Words

from Poquoson Veterinary Clinic

Is anyone breeding dogs for longevity? They’re bred for every other conceivable trait, why not freeze some sperm & eggs and inseminate with the ones from dogs who live the longest?

Why do people insist on waiting “on line” and doing things “on accident,” when in and by are the correct prepositions?

Isn’t it odd that nerdheardbird and turd all rhyme with word? They shouldn’t. From now on, I’m protesting by spelling bird b-o-r-d, heard h-o-r-d, nerd n-o-r-d and turd t-o-r-d.

Let’s look at some other rhyming words that have no business rhyming:

  • busy & dizzy
  • food & brewed
  • was, does, ’cause & buzz
  • bury, ferry & dairy
And now for some words that by all rights should rhyme, but don’t:
  • heard & beard
  • horse & worse
  • wounded & rounded
  • food & blood
  • should & mould
  • print & pint
  • war & far
  • cover & clover

For further examples of maddening inconsistencies in pronunciation, see this epic poem.

Daisybrain is a spawning ground for new words in English. It’s like the Genesis Project from Star Trek, only with words, not planets. Here are the latest additions to the English language, awaiting your usage:

Slackademic – A student who takes enough easy courses to stay in school in order to party and extend his/her adolescence as long as possible.

I would like to give my wife credit for these next three new words:

Neckticulating – gesticulating with one’s neck.

Complexivity – we have not yet ascribed a meaning to this word; suggestions?

Devaporating – When a smelly gas that one expects to linger miraculously dissipates quickly.

That’s it for today’s curious observations and brand new weards, or wurds, or werds, or wirds, or wordz. Bayh!

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6 Responses to Random Questions & Brand New Words

  1. Connectivity is defined as
    1. The state or extent of being connected or interconnected.
    2. Capacity for the interconnection of platforms, systems and applications

    Complexivity would be
    1. The state or extent of being complex, as in “The interrelated systems of education funding, educator training and educational administration present a whole with a high level of complexivity.”
    2. Systems with a large number of “working parts” that do not interact in clear and easily discernible ways.


  2. Tilly Bud says:

    Are you really George W. Bush?

    Fun post 🙂


  3. Robin says:

    Hi EricIndiana. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I agree that English spellings are bizarre–I like to play with these too. Enjoyed your post!


  4. Richard says:

    found this blog by accident, I enjoy your reasoning 😉

    One issue with English spelling is that there are differing relationships between spelling and pronunciation depending on where you are and how you speak. For instance, for a speaker of standard Oxford English (not exactly the same thing as Received Pronunciation, but far more common among educated classes), your example of bury, ferry and dairy rhyming is incorrect and they are each distinct sounds.

    One example from the Chaos poem to which you link which always amuses me is that no North American could possibly rhyme mayor and chair : ‘mayor’ is one syllable in BrEng (sounds like ‘mare’ with a very slightly elongated a) whereas in AmEng it is at least two syllables, sometimes three!

    And of course there’s the famous instance of proving that “ghoti” perfectly reasonably sounds like FISH! (google if necessary)

    Thanks for entertaining me (and check out my reading of the Chaos poem on Youtube!) 😀


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