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Dictionary of English Phonesthemes
Brief Summary of English Initial-Cluster Phonesthemes
Initial Cluster Phonesthemes Part 1
Initial Cluster Phonesthemes Part 2
Initial Cluster Phonesthemes Part 3
Final Cluster Phonesthemes (Rimes) Part 1
Final Cluster Phonesthemes (Rimes) Part 2
The Influence of Phonesthesia on the English Language (a paper)
About the Dictionary of English Phonesthemes
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Brief Summary of English Initial-Cluster Phonesthemes:
/p/ is a powerful, poignant, piercing plosive that can pop, punch, puff, and pounce
/p/ is a pale, pious, pitiful, piddling, paltry, petty pest.
/sp/ spits, spouts, spurts, sputters, spews, and speaks
/sp/ is a spike, a spire, a spur, a spine, and a spear
/sp/ sparkles with spunk, spice, speed, and spirit
/sp/ specially spoils with spud, spam, spackle, and spatula.
/t/ titters, teases, tingles, tickles, and titillates
/t/ tumbles topsy-turvy into tempest and turmoil
/t/ tackles with tussles, temper-tantrums, tiffs, and tizzies
/t/ taps into tipsy tankards at the tavern
/t/ is ticked, touchy, tangled, teathered, taut, and tight
/t/ is tepid, timid, temperate, timely, tact, and teetotaling.
/st/ is stable, stalwart, staunch, steadfast, steady, stolid, stout, and sturdy
/st/ is starchy, steely, stern, stiff-necked, stubborn, and stuffy
/st/ stalls, stays, sticks, stops, stubs, stumps, and stanches
/st/ stamps, stampedes, starts, startles, steps, stimulates, stings, stirs, stomps, storms, and stuns.
/k/ calls, coughs, cackles, kicks, cuffs, and kisses.
/sk/ scuffles, skips, scuttles, scoots, scampers, scurries, and skedaddles.
/b/ barks, bellows, burps, babbles, buzzes, bawls
/b/ bounces, boings, bumps, bangs, and bashes.
/d/ dashes, dabs, dapples, dithers
/d/ dangles, dodders, and dandles
/d/ is a dead, dull, dumpy dud.
/g/ gushes, gabs, giggles, and guffaws
/g/ gurgles, gargles, guzzles, gorges, and gobbles.
/f/ fizzes, fizzles, fuddles, fidgets, fusses, and farts
/f/ is fond of phatic phonics.
/c/ thunders, thuds, thunks, and thumps.
/s/ sucks, soaks, sops, sips, seeps, sizzles, and sighs.
/S/ shambles, shakes, shocks, shushes, and shoos.
/C/ chatters, chit-chats, chirps, cheeps, chirrs, chuckles, and chortles
/C/ chimes, chinks, and chugs.
/h/ hushes, hisses, huffs, hems and haws, hoots, honks, howls, and hums.
/v/ is vile, vicious, vehement, and vexing. /v/ is vested with verve, vigor, vim, and vibes.
/z/ zigzags, zips, zooms, zings, and zaps.
/J/ jingles, jangles, jibbers, jabbers, jars, jumbles, jeers, and jests
/J/ jabs, jags, jogs, jumps, jerks, jounces, and jiggles.
/pl/ is plump and plops, plunges, and plashes.
/spl/ splashes, splatters, splinters, and splurges.
/kl/ clatters, clamors, clicks, clacks, clangs, clumps, clamps, clomps, clops, and clunks.
/bl/ blows, blazes, and blisters as a blizzard
/bl/ bleats, blurts, blubbers, and blabs
/bl/ is a blot, a blob, a blister and a bleb.
/gl/ glitters, glimmers, gleams, glistens, glows, glares, and glimpses into the gloom
/gl/ gloms, glops, and globs as glue.
/fl/ flutters, flaps, flies, flits, flitters, floats, flows, and flushes in a flurry of fluid
/fl/ flipflops, flickers, flares, and flags.
/sl/ slides, slithers, slips, slogs, slumps, and slouches
/sl/ slays, slaughters, slits, slashes, slings, slams, and slaps
/sl/ is slime, slough, slobber, slop, slush, and sludge.
/r/ rings, rattles, rustles, raps, roars, and rumbles
/r/ wrenches, wrests, wrestles, wrings, wrinkles, and wriggles.
/sw/ swiftly sweeps, swings, sways, swirls, swims, swoops, swerves, and swooshes.
/pr/ pricks, prickles, and prods
/pr/ prates, prattles, and preaches.
/spr/ springs, sprouts, spreads, sprawls, sprays, and sprinkles.
/br/ brashly brawls and brabbles as a brat.
/tr/ treads, trods, tramps, tramples, trudges, trots, and treks down a track on trip
/tr/ trickles in a trough as treacle.
/str/ straddles, strolls, struts, strikes, and strafes
/str/ strives to struggle against stress, strain, and stricture with strength
/str/ straddles, straggles, strands, streams, stretches, strews, and strings out.
/kr/ cracks, creaks, croaks, crashes, crushes, crackles, crunches, cricks, and cronks
/kr/ crumples, crumps, crimps, cringes, cranks, crisps, creeps, crawls, and crouches.
/skr/ scrapes, scritches, screams, screeches, and scrunches
/skr/ scrubs, scrambles, scribbles, and scrawls.
/dr/ drips, dribbles, drools, dredges, drizzles, drops, droops, and drags with the dross, dregs and the dreck.
/gr/ grumbles gruffly, gripes, grouses, growls and grimly grabs, gropes and grapples.
/cr/ throbs, throttles, throws and thrusts.
/Sr/ shrieks and shreds like shrill shrapnel.
/w/ wags, wiggles, waggles, wades, wobbles, and wangles
/w/ whines, whimpers, weeps, whistles, whispers, whirls, whips, whishes, whinnies, whizzes, whiffs, whiffles, whacks, and whooshes.
/tw/ twitters, tweets, twirls, twists, twinges, twangs, tweaks, and twittle-twattles.
/kw/ quakes, quivers, quavers, and quacks.
/skw/ squeals, squeaks, squawks, squirks, and squanks
/skw/ squirts, squabbls, squiggles, squirms, and squeezes.
/m/ murmurs, mutters, mumbles, mews, moos, and munches
/m/ mopes in a mad, muddled, miffed, mean mood
/m/ is mired in milky marshy muck, mucus, and merde.
/sm/ smashes, smacks, smooshes, smears, and smells of smut and smegma.
/Sm/ is a shmaltzy schmuck and a schmoozing schmo.
/sn/ snarls, sneers, snickers, sniffles, sniffs, sneezes, and snorts with a snide, snooty snout.
/j/ yells, yelps, yaps, yaks, yatters, and yammers.