The #Write #Words? Post 15

Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series.

This week’s words: Keen, Kind, Kaleidoscope, Kangaroo.

Onomatopoeia: Keen:

To ‘keen’ is generally thought of as to make a wailing or moaning sound. But this word can also describe the call of certain birds of prey, which are sometimes described as making ‘mewing’ sounds: not an accurate description, I think. I prefer ‘keening’, however, as it more accurately reflects that high-pitched, carrying cry common to such birds as the buzzard. Sometimes, with animal sounds, a word must be invented to convey the actual sound made, and in the case of the buzzards that fly overhead when I’m walking through trees in the Forest of Dean, that sound is most closely echoed by ‘kee’.

Simile: Kind:

Kind as is the life of love. Like the sunlight kind. Kind as love, perhaps, will be most popular among the romantics, though those who’ve lost this wonderful state, and those who’ve yearned for it but not experienced it, might consider it less than kind. I could find no modern examples for this one, though one of my sources did quote some older samples shown below. As previously mentioned, the world of similes is governed by personal preference; all the poet can do in such cases is stay true to self and hope readers will be empathetic. Have a go at forming similes with ‘kind’ and see what you can conjure.

Some unlikely similes for kind:

Kind as a kite, a turtle, as cream, a glove, as Cleopatra, as consent, as a hovering dove, as harvest in autumn.

Collective Nouns: Kaleidoscope of butterflies is apposite, don’t you think? Although some butterflies can be rather drab, most tend to be colourful creatures. Perhaps we could also have a kaleidoscope of blooms, of popinjays, parrots, birds of paradise, and carnivals. See what else you can come up with.

Delusional Dictionary: Kangaroo: a version of justice preferred by those with no respect for the law; a mind incapable of settling on one topic at a time; a person given to jumping from one lover to the next without thought of consequences.

For those learning English as a language, there’s a useful guide to pronunciation here, and Facebook hosts a great group you can join here.

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