Word Ways


Darryl Francis


The onomatopoeic comic-book words exhibited by John McClellan in the August 1980 Word Ways are undeniably outlandish. However, it is worth noting the fact (dictionary words) can be just as odd as fiction (comic-book coinages). To prove my point, I have selected fifty words from the English Dictionary (two for each letter except X), all having something to do with interjections, cries, moaning, mumbling and so on. To me, the words on this list seem even stranger than many of the ones McClellan cites.