Magazine article Word Ways

OOD for Thought

Magazine article Word Ways

OOD for Thought

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Ray Love observes that: "The words FOOD and DUDE rhyme, yet their endings (-OOD and -UDE) are spelled differently. There are many others spellings of this terminal sound. Here is a list of 13 more I came up with, with examples. If you are in the MOOD can you think of any others? Is there another terminal sound with such spelling PLENITUDE?

 -EUD (FEUD) -EUED (QUEUED) -EWD (SHREWD) -EWED (BREWED)
-O'D (WHO'D) -OED (SHOED) -OOED (BOOED) -OOHED (POOH-POOHED)
-OU'D) (YOU'D) -OUGHED (SLOUGHED) -OUSED (RENDEZVOUSED) -UED
(GLUED) -UTED (DEBUTED) 

SING, SANG, SUNG, SONG are four closely related words differing by only one letter, the vowel. SONG is the surprise and makes this grouping unique. Why do we say we sing a song? Why don't we sing something else, a different word? We say we hum a tune. …

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