zombie linquistics scrabble dictionary
This article about the power of Z words in Scrabble: “Zombification: A Real Word And A Real Threat”
Made me realize that I never thought to look at a Scrabble dictionary, so here, zombies’ links from ScrabbleFinder.com:
Consider linguistic theories of “Sound Symbolism” suggest that “phonemes carry meaning in and of themselves” and with “ideasthesia” (a more generic kind of synesthesia) concepts can “evoke perception-like experiences”.
So, the “zom” and “bi/bie” phoneme sounds might induce perceptual connections? To me, the -bie ending seems playful. But I think there is probably a lot more too it than that.
See also “Bouba/kiki effect”
This post also reminds me of a prior post, ZombieLaw: “Search the NYTimes Crossword for zombies”
— rough sketch of categories of -bi words:
Youth and naivete: Barbie, Boobies, Dobies, Doobie (Cannabis), Babies, Grandbabies, Crybabies, Lullabies (Rockabies), Newbies, Ephebi, Loobies, Cubbies, Gabies, Rugbies
Teaching: Rabbi, Syllabi, Lobbies
Monetary indicators: Renminbi, Rubies, Tabbis, Obi, Trilbies, Hobbies, Freebies, Darbies
Diseased: Scabies, Rabies, Antirabies
Animals: Wallabies, Ibis, Ourebi (Oribi), Colobi, Corbie, Yabbie, Lambie, Mangabies, Sassabies, Brumbies, Tabbies, Bilbies, Gobies
Vegetable: Kohlrabi, Wasabi, Krubi
Anatomy: Pubis, Prepubis, Limbi, Thombi
Demonic characteristics: Incubi, Succubi, Nimbus
Low-respect social position: Cabbie, Dhobi, Swabbie, Hubbies
Miscellaneous: Alibi, Nabis, Rhombi, Kibbi.
Alibi is perhaps the most interesting, because this is still technically a blawg and because what’s more zombie, than evidence to prove that “I” was never here; the mind always somewhere else.