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Stitches itch(es). Is that coincidence that those two related words sound alike?

Asked by rebbel (23592 points ) June 25th, 2010

These two words came up in a conversation last night and they made me question whether it is coincidence that they have the same sounding to them, or is one of the two ‘invented’ to match with the other?
Does the phenomenon has a name?
Are there / do you know more examples of these?

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Draconess25's avatar

Witches are bitches?
Dogs are hogs (they eat a lot).

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marinelife's avatar

Um, it is a coincidence. English is full of ‘em.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

I recall having a discussion about this topic a while ago: link

I think the general consensus was that: yes, it is a coincidence, and if two words didn’t rhyme we wouldn’t hear them together all that much.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko yes…exactly…

@rebbel I don’t feel so alone now…

rebbel's avatar

Heh, i was already surprised to find a new answer to this question of mine, all of a sudden…but i get it now
Great minds….., he?! :-)

Ltryptophan's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko is right about the consensus…

But I think there is something much more sinister going on.

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