Friday, 12 January 2018

More Con Words

Con Com Cum Cog and related and similar words


She wanted to become a dancer, but found that becoming a singer* was better.

Now that his income had increased, he had to pay much more income tax on it.

They always gave us a warm welcome, and their home was so warm and welcoming.

We like to ensure that the incoming students are welcomed into the college.

His home-coming to the village was delayed by the oncoming traffic in the narrow lane.

She was determined to overcome all difficulties, and to keep on overcoming them in the future*.

The duty doctor was a locum-tenens but this is often shortened to locum.

His method of locomotion was by train and he wanted to drive a locomotive* for a job.

He studied art and design and the other concomitant subjects that were offered by the college.

These events occurred through concomitance, happening together rather than one being the cause.

This man was the main conspirator in this case, and these others were all co-conspirators.*

* "singer" The Ing is not hooked, as there is no hard G or K sound. A hooked Ing is used for "ing-ker" or "ing-ger"

* "in the future" Do not make an omission phrase, as "in future" would be interchangeable with this

* "locomotive" Optional contraction, the full outline has M + T with V hook

* "co-conspirators" Note it is in second position, following the first vowel

Cum and cog are only abbreviated when medial:


The  earth has been circumnavigated many times and its circumference is almost 25 thousand miles*.

Abraham was instructed to circumcise all the males and so began the practice of circumcision in that era.

Their activities were severely circumscribed but they managed to circumvent some of the problems.

Their behaviour was very circumspect, as they wished to stay in favour with the new incumbent in office.

A person lying down is called recumbent but a plant trailing along the ground is called decumbent.

They did not encumber themselves with much baggage, having suffered that type of encumbrance before.

The scientists recognised the importance of the text recognition software that they were using.

The spy was travelling incognito and his appearance was totally unrecognisable even to his friends.

They found it most cumbersome carrying their* tents over the Cumbrian mountains.

I have been watching the comings and goings of our new neighbour Mr Cummings.

The cumulative effect of the rising moisture* resulted in very large cumulus clouds.

* "thousand miles" Do not join the Ith and "miles", as M is used for "million"

* "carrying their" Doubling for "their"

* "moisture" Note that "moisturise" has Ray instead of the R hook, to enable vocalisation

Contractions and related outlines:


They found contentment in their new home despite the inconsiderate actions of one of the neighbours.

They were content to remain in their jobs as they were earning a not inconsiderable amount of money.

They behaved very inconsiderately and this was most inconvenient and annoying for the staff.

I am sorry to say that* they most inconveniently forgot to inform him of his constitutional rights. (constitutional)

A full copy of the Constitution can be requested from this office for a small administrative fee.

Due to this unfortunate set of circumstances, they suffered much inconvenience and delay to their plans.

Due to this particular circumstance unfortunately we cannot agree to the proposals that you have put forward.

There was a substantial amount of evidence, but it was all circumstantial and could not be used in court.

Circumstantiate means to describe in detail, and substantiate means to provide proof with facts.

They have been able to substantiate all these allegations with precise information on what actually happened.

The report has fully circumstantiated everything that took place during the conference last month*.

* Omission phrases "I am sorry (to) s(ay) that" "las(t) month"

In full, as clearer:



I have been studying commerce and other commercial subjects at the technical college* in the city.

The commissar heard an unusual commotion in the corridor* outside his office.

The office of the commissionaire* has been decommissioned and moved to another location.

I spoke to the consul in the ambassador’s office who gave me the address of the consulate.

The soldiers did a reconnaissance flight over the consular compound.

I have heard that the commissioner* is a connoisseur of fine wines.

The sub-commissioner is delegating the work of the commissary to his experienced team.

I must commiserate with you for not getting that job at the army commissariat.

I have sent my commiserations to him for not being promoted to non-commissioned officer.

We have added letters after the part numbers to connote different versions and sizes of components.

I do not know what the connotation* of these codes and ciphers is.

There can be no commutation* of one substance for another in this experiment.

* Omission phrase "techni(cal) college" which omits the repeated hooked K stroke

* "corridor" Compare with "girder" which has D with R hook, these two need distinguishing especially in a building context

* "commissionaire" "commissioner" Always insert the vowel in the former, and omit in the latter

* "connotation" has full strokes, to distinguish it from "commutation"

In full, as not a prefix:


He was a newcomer* in the village and had three very comely daughters.

He did not behave well as an incomer* to the profession and there was the inevitable* comeback.

He studied comedy at stage school in order to* play comic parts on television shows.

The students learned the science of comets at the Conrad Connor Institute* in the town of Conway.

It was quite a comedown when they discovered the crop of comfrey had been destroyed by the frost.

The conifer* tree has a seed case that is roughly conical.

The condor* is a large bird of prey that has conquered the skies of South America.

Connie decided to conquer* her fear of flying and travel to the Congo*.

The warship was called the Connaught and was thought to be completely unconquerable*. (802 words)

* "newcomer" "incomer" The latter uses the short form "in" and is disjoined to distinguish it more easily, but nevertheless it is helpful to insert the U diphthong in "newcomer" for greater clarity

* "inevitable" Compare with "unavoidable" which has a halved V

* Omission phrase "in ord(er to)"

* "Institute" Omits the first T sound

* "conifer" Also pronounced with short O

* "condor" Doubling used, despite the word having a clear vowel in the second syllable


* "conquer" "unconquerable" "Congo" These are not "con" words, they are "cong", but the spelling may distract from writing the correct outline by sound