Leigh Anne Jasheway wrote an article on humor for the February 2011 Writer’s Digest Magazine. In “Laughing Matters” she asserts words with the K sound are perceived as the funniest.
“The K Rule is a good convention for naming things and making word choices that will subconsciously or subtly amuse your readers.” said Jasheway.
She speculates this is because much of American humor has roots in Yiddish humor, a language which includes many guttural (includig K) sounds.
Below is a list of words with the “K” sound. I challenge you to write a passage using only these or similar words with the K sound to make you humor piece stand out. Can you think of any others to add to this list?
Bifurcate, Buccaneer, Canoodle, Cantankerous, Caterwaul, Cattywampus, Cheeky, Conniption, Coot, Doohickey, Eschew, Gunky, Kahuna, Katydid, Kerplunk, Kinkajou, Knickers, Lackadaisical, Manscape, Monkey, Persnickety, Scuttlebutt, Snarky, Spelunker, Sprocket, Squeegee, and Wonky.
Side note: A special thank-you to Lisa of Writing in the Buff for the “Sisters of the Quill” Award.