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

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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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