Nonsense words – why everyone needs them

I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum this weekend. As I travelled on the underground, I saw lots of signs, many of which had really strange words. I needed to use my decoding to break down these words, as I had never seen them before.

When breaking down a multi-syllabic word, one often reads syllables that have no meaning. Look at the word ‘Piccadilly’. Now, I can read that word, but a child reading it for the first time would have to go: Picc-a-di-lly and then put the syllables together: ‘Piccadilly’.
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The syllables on their own have no meaning. Only when they are assembled, do they make up a word (in this case it is a name), do they make sense.

Here are some examples of names that I had to decode by sounding out non-word syllables:photo
N-o-f-x, Al-ka-line, Lag-wag-on

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Chu-rras-co

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Mum-ford, Met-all-i-ca

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Ken-drick, Lam-ar

Nonsense syllables are all around…

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