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#1    SpiritWriter

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:46 AM

Often I think of words and come up with other words that sound similar and when thinking about them I see how they are derived from each other.. probably having common root words in most cases. Do you guys do this too? If you do, and the words come to you and you feel like posting them please do so.

These are the ones I was thinking about today:

1. Trump and triumph

2. Console and council

Edited by SpiritWriter, 29 January 2013 - 03:48 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:08 AM

Fantastic concept, "word cousins". Something I've never entered into my mind before.

But, English freely borrows (steals) words from other languages. It probably isn't that strange to have a word from the French that is so close that we also ripped off the Italians and have two slightly different definitions, which are closely related! 'Word cousins' as you say. I'm taken aback by the concept.

I'm too dumbfounded to provide you with another example. Other than, 'Quit' and 'Quiet'. :)


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:45 AM

Bit and bite

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

Dam and damn.

You can block a river as well as a thought. :)


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:38 AM

Scent and scintilla although their etymology differs.

Cattle and chattle sadly have the same origin.

I prefer using alliteration more than straight rhyming words within poetry.




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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:10 PM

read and read

In your lifetime, try to be the person your pet thinks you are.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

View PostMadeline, on 30 January 2013 - 01:10 PM, said:

read and read

Aren't you just conjugating the same word?


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

Guarantee and warranty.

If you try pronouncing guarantee in Spanish (think of the "gua" in Guatemala, it sounds even more like warranty.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:49 PM

View PostI believe you, on 31 January 2013 - 08:26 AM, said:

Guarantee and warranty.

If you try pronouncing guarantee in Spanish (think of the "gua" in Guatemala, it sounds even more like warranty.

I like how your brain is working... ;-)

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

Saskatchewan and Sasquatch.

That one's too obvious. ._.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:09 AM

A good word with an evil twin:

temper and temper

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

View PostHasina, on 31 January 2013 - 11:52 PM, said:

Saskatchewan and Sasquatch.

That one's too obvious. ._.

Interestingly, there have been no sightings of Sasquatch in Saskatchewan (which other Canadians call,'Saskatchebush').

However, the largest city in Saskatchewan (while not the provincial capital), is in fact 'Saskatoon'. :)


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:48 AM

hovel and hotel



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:48 PM

I had a good one but I forgot what it was..


False and fall

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

View PostI believe you, on 31 January 2013 - 08:26 AM, said:

Guarantee and warranty.

If you try pronouncing guarantee in Spanish (think of the "gua" in Guatemala, it sounds even more like warranty.

And that is because warranty is derived from guarantee:

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