1. Sifunkle

    Sifunkle Dis Member

    Aug 4, 2014
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    Resource wanted (phonaesthetics)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Sifunkle, Dec 7, 2014.

    Just wondering if anyone's come across something I've been scouring the internet for, so far unsuccessfully:

    Something like an online word compendium with an 'advanced search' option that could generate a list of words that meet certain criteria. I'm not talking about their meanings, but just the way they're constructed from letters. For example, being able to search for words with 2-3 syllables, that contain the letters T, L and P, but not U or S, and are less than 10 letters long. (That's just an example; I'm not actually trying to find such a word.)

    For my current purpose, I'm trying to find a word with certain phonaesthetics (i.e. just sounds a certain way, like how many believe 'cellar door' to be a beautiful phrase), but its meaning would be mostly immaterial. My criteria are too loose for anything to just spring to mind, so I was hoping to find a tool I could play with to generate a 'longlist', which I could skim through to shortlist words that might fit the context I have in mind. It wouldn't even have to be in English necessarily. My next best option is probably reading a dictionary. I might become a better writer for it, but I don't think I've got the time or sanity.

    I may be slipping through the looking glass, but if anyone's already ahead of me I'd love to hear from them!

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