Hark! It’s Spring!

In the word family called H, there are words that make my nose wrinkle. Not the “I’m squinting in the sun” kind of wrinkle, the “my, that smells foul” kind of wrinkle.

Heinous. Often used in conjunction with the word crime. Not the most handsome looking word either.

Heir. Think protecting the big seat. Think The Game of Thrones where the innocent bastard babies of King Robert Baratheon are slain with swords the size of a python.

Hymen. This is not something to be sung at church.

Herpes. Say that word. Hear that long e sound? I know. Eww! Long e, long condition.


There are words that make my nose relax and let my freckles smile.

Hogwash. Try use that word in a sentence today. Your kid says, “I don’t have any homework.” You say, “Hogwash. Turn off the TV and get to it.” (Here’s a fun synonym: fiddlesticks. Your kid will like that word, too.)

Huzzah. Think a sunny day at a Renaissance Festival. Folks drink from goblets and ladies display cleavage and no one worries about who is heir to the throne.

Hilarious. Use word sparingly. This adjective should be for events of “boisterous merriment” only.

Hullabaloo. This is not a dance from Hawaii. Think cannonball in the pool. Or kids coming in from the rain. Or a comedian shocking the crowd with the punch line.

Hark. Say that word. Open your front door and yell it down the street. “Hark, dear friends, hark. Spring is here.” It’ll be fun. Trust me.

Or dust off that British Literature anthology and read a play called Alexander and Campaspe. Here are a few lines making a fun reference to spring.

Hark, hark, with what a pretty throat
Poor robin-redbreast tunes his note;
Hark, how the jolly cuckoos sing
Cuckoo—to welcome in the spring!
Cuckoo—to welcome in the spring!

John Lyly (1553–1606), British poet. Alexander and Campaspe.

Inspired by the Letter H in the A to Z Challenge. Scroll past the social media buttons and share your own favorite H words or comment on this post.


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