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The Woody Words

Monty Python's Flying Circus had a sketch “Woody and Tinny Words” (from Episode N° 42 - “Light Entertainment War” which first aired on November 14, 1974). It was a weak sketch. It was an unremarkable, post-John Cleese sketch. The Woody Sketch did offer one bit of Linguistics: Euphony.

Everyone has a collection of woody words. They are rarely uneuphonious. They may be small, e.g., merle, or they may be long, e.g., formaldehyde. Some teeter on tinny, e.g., monkeyshines. My favorite, reoccurring three,

  • Verge
  • Verve
  • Vague

And, yours?


Sean Fraser posted this on June 5, 2006 09:14 AM.

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