In a few days, I teach freshman writing again. I just love verbs, as you know, but I’m also currently obsessed with words that sound like what they mean.
Effervesce is an effervescent kind of sound. It bubbles up as you say it.
Just like sizzle sizzles and crackle crackles off the tongue.
The word crisp is a crisp kind of sound, just like swish swishes and a sting sounds like it’s stinging. Squirmy is a squirmy word, just like ooze is an oozy word. Tickle has a tickle to it as you say it, and pound has a kind of heaviness to it.
Oh, I love words!
So in addition to grapple being my all-time favorite verb, I love words that sound like what they mean.