Elly McDonald


Brought to you today by the letter ‘c’ (14 September 2014)


Letter C ink

Ever noticed how many cool words begin with ‘c’?

There’s at least three ‘c-words’ that describe genitalia. Then there’s “crumpet”, “copulation” and sexual “congress”. There’s also “chaste” and “charitable”.

But how about:

Courage. Commitment. Confidence. Character. Coaching.


Coach Ken Hinkley – a ‘C’ kind of bloke


Competent. Commendable. Conscientious. Capable.

Considerate. Courteous. Caring. Concerned.

Concord. Compassion. Connection. Community. Communication. Celebration. Congratulations.

C-words are often compounds from the Latin roots ‘com’, ‘con’ or ‘co’, meaning “with”:

Convivial. Companionable. Complimentary. Complementary. Compatible.

Conciliatory. Constructive. Co-operative. Congruent.

Calm. Composed. Contemplative. Constant. Consoling. Conscious. Continue.


Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh – another ‘C’ man

They feel good, don’t they?

Curious. Credible. Credentialled. Charming.

Covenant. Cradle. Cure. Contour. Curve. Cuddle. Comforting. Cosy...

There’s a dark side.

Complicit. Compliant. Complacent. Conformist. Compromised. Conflicted. Crazy. Compulsive.

Cynical. Condescending. Critical. Condemning. Confined.

Craven. Crank. Crook. Cracked. Crapulent.

Cumbersome. Cul de sac.

Yep. There’s a lot of dark side. Let’s back up out of there.

Some c-words are simply celestial:

Crepuscular. Cyrillic. Credenza. Crescent. Cous-cous. Coriander. Corona. Corolla. Creation.


Cupid. Of course.

Carpenter. Chimera. Chameleon.


Japanese cats - from Elly

Brought to you today by the letter ‘c’.

Author: Elly McDonald

Australian-born, with English mother, has lived in several Australian cities and in London. Travelled widely. Way way back when, published widely as a poet and short story writer. For the first 20 years of my working life I worked as an entertainment journalist, publicist, PR consultant and in advertising and media agencies. In the second 20 years, I worked in marketing roles at non-profit organisations then retrained as a teacher, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees. Also did miserable McJobs, and a long, happy stint at an art gallery.

6 thoughts on “Brought to you today by the letter ‘c’ (14 September 2014)

  1. Caribbean. Cataclysmic.


  2. Challenge. Chutzpah. Cojones.


  3. Wow because this is really greatexcellent work! Congrats and keep it up


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