“How Do Words Get Their Names?” by Jaymie Gerard
How do words get their names?
Like cup and chair and slide
Did somebody just make them up?
Who gets to decide?
Are they voted on in Congress?
Are they picked out of a hat?
Is naming things somebody’s job?
I bet I could do that…
I’d start each morning with a sneep
And end it with a plip
But Saturdays I’d krin kran krun
And also fleegle fwip
I’d pass by neighbors on the streets
And say, “Good floffle, friend”
And when I pass them later on
I’d tell them, “Drik drak drend”
If I was feeling hungry
A plate of schnicky would be nice
Of course, if I was thirsty
I’d get balla-goo, on ice
I’d always ask my wudclog
If I was thribblegob to play
And if she told me no
Then I’d be hob-bob for the day
When it’s my turn to take
My neepneep for his walk outside
I’d listen to him opp at other
Neepneeps that walk by…
You see, the words that I’d make up
Would have much better names
Plus, one thing you can count on is
They’d be more fun to say!