#1-Words That Sound Right


I like words.

Well, duh! I write books.

I like the word speedily. It’s one of those words that sounds like what it means…at least to me. Some others are gargoyle—sounds monstrous and evil; lizard—sounds scaly and fast-moving; and carnival—sounds bouncy and fun.

I am building a collection of words like this on my website. If you want to add one to my list—and I don’t mean obvious words that imitate sounds like buzz or plop or fizzle—please enter it below.

Oh…and I’m not looking for the real definition of your word. Please write down the definition that you think makes the word  sound like what it really means…like I did above with gargoyle, lizard, and carnival.

    Tell me what your cool words are!

    Your First Name:

    Your Last Initial:

    Your Email Address:

    Your State or Province:

    Cool word:


    If I really like your suggestion, I’ll put it in my list below (with your name alphabetically), but it might take me a while, because my mom says homework comes first.

    If yours is a made-up word, it will be in  italics…like the first part of this sentence. Click the plus (+) button to zoom in, use the little up and down arrows to scroll through the list of cool words, and use the big up and down arrows to scroll through the pages. It’s in alphabetical order by your first name. Or, you can click here to open the list in a new window.


    Comments from my Readers & Friends

    1. Sofia M. sent in a word that is now one of my favorites.
      It is a natural, spontaneous verbal utterance…like the call of a bird.
      I had never heard of it before…and neither had my dad, who has a really terrific vocabulary!
      Thanks, Sofia!

      • It’s about the first couple of weeks of sixth grade…when I am in the same school with Goon!

    2. I like just finished your book that you autographed for me and imo think its great.But I kind of got a little freaked out when it said “there was a little old lady staring at them….gives me the shivers. Sorry I am writing so much I am on a cell phone and I love texting. Bye cheesie cetcha later.

    3. Omg i thik your book is gret, awesome, fantastic im reading it in my school with my teacher Ms.Magnet i heard that you were coming to my scool on monday Millbury Shaw Elemtary School. CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!