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stinky pinky

Stinky pinkies for (1) a cattle rustler, (2) a world of igneous rock, (3) a boisterous policy meeting, (4) an ardent employee, and (5) a fruitful interval of time (Philip Cohen, Word Ways)


A rhyming epithet, such as glad dad for a happy father, or wild child for an uncontrollable youngster.

Made up of an adjective and a rhyming noun, a stinky pinky is a type of rhyming compound that functions as a playful definition.

As a word game, stinky pinky goes by various names, including hink pink, hank pank, wordy gurdy, and brain train.

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Examples and Observations:

  • 50 Stinky Pinkies
    an artificial body of water = fake lake
    a bashful insect = shy fly
    a bed on fire = hot cot
    a better cafe = finer diner
    a better knife = nicer slicer
    a boxer who has lost weight = lighter fighter
    a cautious bird = wary canary
    cerebral overwork = brain strain
    the chief of police = top cop
    a chubby kitty = fat cat
    colored lemonade = pink drink
    a dark-colored sled dog = dusky husky
    a deceased Marxist = dead red
    dehydrated soup = chowder powder
    a dismal chorus = dire choir
    a ditch in Paris = French trench
    a fast elevator = swift lift
    the funniest joke = best jest
    an explosion in a hen house = gizzard blizzard
    a fanatical slave = zealot helot
    a fat fish - stout trout
    a fuzzy fruit - hairy berry
    a greased hen = slick chick
    a group yell = team scream
    a grumpy mountaintop = cynical pinnacle
    a happier small dog = merrier terrier
    a holiday in Panama = isthmus Christmas
    the home of a small rodent = mouse house
    an impolite man = rude dude
    an inactive flower = lazy daisy
    an ink-stained little finger = inky pinky
    a large toupee = big wig
    permission to take something away = removal approval
    a rabbit that makes you laugh = funny bunny
    a sensible pupil = prudent student
    a skinny little horse = bony pony
    a smarter author = brighter writer
    a smelly finger = stinky pinky
    a smiling father = happy pappy
    a Snickers bar dropped on the beach = sandy candy
    a strange looking goatee = weird beard
    a superior pullover = better sweater
    a supervisor in a bad mood = cross boss
    a suspicious looking clergyman = sinister minister
    a tardy spouse = late mate
    a temperate youngster = mild child
    a tiny insect = wee bee
    a useful rule = effective directive
    a wet puppy = soggy doggy
    a young cat in love = smitten kitten

  • Shawn Colvin on the Stinky-Pinky Game
    "To play Stinky Pinky, you thought of an adjective and a noun that rhymed, hence the name 'Stinky Pinky,' and described the thing without rhyming in order to challenge the other players to guess your Stinky Pinky. You started out simply; a 'farm animal's sea vessel' would naturally be a 'goat boat,' and so forth, although single-syllable answers were called 'Stink-Pinks,' two-syllables 'Stinky Pinkys,' and of course three-syllable rhymes were 'Stinkity-Pinkitys.' One of my father's favorite words to rhyme was 'gherkin,' as in 'pickle.' Dad thought of a loitering pickle--a 'lurkin' gherkin'--a saucy pickle--a 'smirkin' gherkin'--a busy pickle--a 'workin' gherkin.'"
    (Shawn Colvin, Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir. William Morrow, 2012)

  • Stinky Pinkies in the 1940s
    "Atlanta subdebs [teenage girls] have a little patois somewhat like old Pig Latin which they call Stinky Pinky. It contains words like Super-Snooper (a G-man), Flyer-Higher (an aviator), Snooty-Beauty (a debutante), Hen-Pen (a girls' school), Jug-Mug (a man in jail), and Silly Filly (a young girl)."
    ("Subdebs." Life magazine, January 27, 1941)

  • A Double Stinky Pinky
    "A stinky pinky is a rhyming pair of words; one gives a paraphrase and the challenge is to recover the stinky pinky. I believe Paul [Halmos] is responsible for the following excellent double stinky pinky. Give a stinky pinky for an inebriated scoundrel. Answers: a drunk skunk or a plastered bastard."
    (Irving Kaplansky, "Reminiscences." Paul Halmos: Celebrating 50 Years of Mathematics, ed. by John H. Ewing and F.W. Gehring. Springer-Verlag, 1991)
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