The Other Twenty-Three Words

I don’t, as a rule, cuss a whole lot – not because I’m particularly religious or good-natured or anything, but because I’ve taken to heart the whole adage about cussing being the refuge of those with small minds and smaller vocabularies.

It’s not that I don’t know the words, I just don’t use them… much.

In the interests of expanding the minds – and vocabularies! – of you, the readers, I was thinking about the strange fact that we have some words so ubiquitous and well-known that they’ve for whatever reason become the canonical slightly offensive (if only to some!) word associated with their beginning letter.

Consider “the N word”, for example, or “the F word”. Apparently there’s also “the L word”, as well… but what about the other twenty-three letters of the English alphabet? Or dipthongs?

The lack of a widely-understood, say, “H word” among English-speaking peoples seems like a shortcoming whose remediation is long overdue. I can think of a couple fairly obvious additions to the list of lettered-words, which I’ve presented below, in slightly enigmatic quasi-riddle format:

A: (something fat and/or smelly, depending on context)
B: (dog, female)
C: (rhymes with a type of boat that is rarely C-worthy)
D: (Dutch architecture, see also L)
E:
F: (The most flexible four-letter word in the English language)
G:
H:
I:
J:
K:
L: (Grecian islander; see also D)
M:
N: (Rhymes with “bigger”)
O:
P:
Q: (“peculiar”; archaic)
R:
S: (Execra)
T:
U:
V:
W:
X:
Y:
Z:

Anyone have any additional nominations?

Published in: Geekiness, General | on September 21st, 2009| 5 Comments »

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  1. On 9/21/2009 at 6:54 pm Watching Them, Watching Us Said:

    You should be able to find all that you need, and more, at Viz comic’s

    Roger’s Profanisaurus, which now has over 8000 “rude” words or phrases.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger%27s_Profanisaurus

    Some of the euphemisms and puns are strange, but some are very, very funny:

    http://www.viz.co.uk/profanisaurus.html

  2. On 9/22/2009 at 1:22 pm Nemo Said:

    Spiffy, thanks; I’ve just ordered a copy through Amazon.

    The issue isn’t a lack of words, rude or otherwise – it’s the lack of widely understood and accepted works that can be represented by one letter…

  3. On 9/27/2009 at 8:29 am aoeu Said:

    w: rhymes with witch and has wheels

  4. On 9/30/2009 at 9:10 pm Nemo Said:

    Having now thumbed through my copy of the Profanisaurus, I still stand by my original belief that we’re lacking in, say, anything like a widely-recognized “E-word” or “J-word”, for example. Having looked through the book – and watched television shows like The Inbetweeners, I also have to wonder where the widespread stereotype of American males as sex-obsessed comes from, but that’s a pondering for another day…

  5. On 10/15/2009 at 8:45 am Antiquado Said:

    English was my first language, until the age of three and has not been so for about ten times that.
    I really have difficulty guessing the words you allude to 🙁

    Any change of … a more clear cut version?