The letter this week is H
H is for HINKY PINKY and this choice for the letter H takes me away back to when our family was young and word games were fun and challenging.
In case you haven't ever had a passion for Hinky Pinky a word of explanation. A hinky pinky is a clue, definition or riddle, the answer to which is a pair of rhyming words.
For instance, the clue is 'a Norseman on wheels' and the answer could be 'biking Viking'.
The phrase 'hinky pinky' is part of the clue and indicates that the words in the answer will contain two syllables.
The words in a HINK PINK contain only one syllable, and the words in a HINKETY PINKETY contain three syllables, so that if you say to someone, "I have a hinkety pinkety for an evil clergyman, the answer could be a 'sinister minister'.
Or, this is a hink pink for an apian patellae, and after considerable thought you might answer 'bee's knees'
A hinky pinky that describes a moody person from the East could be a 'tempermental oriental' and if the definition is Zeus's wrath, what better answer than 'frightening lightening'.
A great word game for children to increase their vocabularies and stir their imaginations, and an entertaining way for adults to while away the time when doing dishes or standing in a queue or waiting for a bus, or during a boring lecture or sermon or any other dismal litany....
Can you come up with a hink pink for contents of an air conditioned Fort Knox (easy, easy...)
Or what is a hinky pinky for a simple machine that is very smart? Or a hink pink for a married rodent?
What is a hinkety pinkety for a head made out of radioactive elements?
For more entertaining H's visit ABC Wednesday, with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her team of helpers.