I love Saturday mornings when I have ten minutes of quiet time to tap away on my laptop and tell the world (well all of you, but you’re my WordPress world) what my brain has been chewing on.
Since yesterday morning, my little brain has entertained itself (and me) by playing a game that it devised all by itself. The neurons have been snapping and compiling a list. While I drove to and from work yesterday, while I taught my classes, while I muddled through the grocery store grumpy and tired at the end of the day, even in the middle of the night my mind made me stay awake so she could agonize some more on this list.
So here you go. Join my game, people. Can you come up with more than 29 one-syllable* words that end in OW?
NOT 29 words that RHYME with OW. That is far fewer than 29.
One rule you may not break–you must use YOUR brain, not Google’s brain. (That’s cheating and might be one of the reasons my students can’t recall course material like they could ten years ago.)
Feel free to make your list in the comments below, but no peeking at other’s lists!
If you come up with more than 29, you beat me, I surrender and will seek your wisdom, Oh-great-word-searcher.
My follow-up question is this: why the heck do some of the words rhyme with bow (a silky ribbon for a little girl’s hair) and others rhyme with bow (response to a curtsy)?**
And my follow-up follow-up: why is bow (bow) the only word on the list that can be pronounced both ways? (Feel free to correct me on this if you find another special word.)
And And my final follow-up-up: How did the English language end up like this and why do we put up with it?
*So, although MEOW cannot make the list, ask your cat: does it rhyme with bow or bow?
**My current list is split right down the middle. 14 rhyme with the bow and 15 rhyme with bow.
P. S. When I started typing, my list had 27 words and then 2 more jammed up my brain and demanded being added to my list. Hopefully, while you work on your list, I can have a nice, peaceful day of NOT thinking about this anymore. Right.