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11 Cards in this Set

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Onomatopoetic words
words that imitate sounds that are made by man, animal, or objects.

Buzz, chatter, gag, gurgle, hee haw, hiccup, honk, jingle, yak and zoom
inital letters or sometimes the syllables of a phrase, but are pronounced as though the letters spelled out a normal word.

Delmarva - Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

Sonar - sound, navigation, ranging
abbreviations that make use of the inital letters in a phrase and are pronounced by sounding the letter names

ESP - extra, sensory, perception

GI - government issue

HMS - Her, or His, majesty's ship

WCTU - women's Christian Temperance Union
Proper Names
common nouns are sometimes taken without change from the names of the actual persons.

Braille - Louis Braille deceloped a method that allowed the visually impared to read and write

Fahrenheit - Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit established the Fahrenheit scale of tempurature.
second element may rhyme with the first as in hanky panky or it may show consonance as in chitchat

even steven

heebie geebie

super duper
Taking words from different languages

blouse - German or French

Veneer - German

Buffalo - Italian

Chef - French
two or more words are combined into one

manwhich - man sandwhich

smog - smoke and fog

motel - motor and hotel

brunch - breakfast and lunch
when a word is to long, for convienienced is shortened

Auto - automatic

lunch - lucheon

exam - examination

phone - telephone
words that are more temporary in nature (groovy)
language of a secial group of professionals or of a trade, sometimes difficult to understand by outsiders (chip, byte)
what's commonly used in your area (youse guys)