Words Swords


For 30 years I have been collecting and compiling a list of words that grew out of a game that a friend introduced to me that she called Word Swords. There were no rules -- you simply came up with word pairs that sometimes are called sight rhymes or eye rhymes. The title of the game is an example: word and sword. If you pronounce them rhymed, you get either word sword or word sword.


When we met we would exchange our latest discoveries by pronouncing them the two ways to rhyme by sound.

"Wool pool or wool pool," she'd say.

"Snow plow or snow plow," I'd answer.

"Warm harm or warm harm," she'd counter.

"Come home or come home," I'd parry.