Thursday, June 5, 2014

For Logophiles Only

Here is a list of words that are similar to one another, in sound (phonetics) and meaning Some of these are onomatopoeic (for which the word is the phonetic spelling of a sound, as in clang and clank). Others are similar-sounding synonyms that are spelled differently (as in gray and grey). Still others are words with similar spelling and similar meaning, that are distinct from one another (as in elegant and eloquent).
bind and bond
blare and glare
burble, bubble
champ and chomp
chock and chuck
cinch and clinch
clap and clop
clang and clank
click and clack
dally and delay
dank and damp
elegant and eloquent
flip, flap, flop, plop, glop, and slop
foundering and floundering
gabbing, gabbling, and babbling
gloom and glum
grey and gray
gurgle and gargle
harping and carping
hiccough and hiccup
jabber and blabber
ketchup and catsup
onomatopoeic and onomatopoetic
persnickety and pernickety
posh and plush
pratfall and pitfall
prick up your ears, perk up your ears, and pick up your ears
pronking and pronging
sassy and saucey
scribble and scrabble
sled and sledge
sniff and snuff
snip and snap
snooty, snotty, and snouty
splash and plash
By the way, logophiles are people who love words.


In June, 2014, my book, entitled Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs: Keys to Understanding and Treating the Common Diseases was published by Elsevier. The book builds the argument that our best chance of curing the common diseases will come from studying and curing the rare diseases.



I urge you to read more about my book. There's a generous preview of the book at the Google Books site. If you like the book, please request your librarian to purchase a copy of this book for your library or reading room.

- Jules J. Berman, Ph.D., M.D.
tags: onomatopoeia, plesionyms, similar sounding words, synonyms, rare diseases, common diseases, orphan diseases, genetic diseases