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Halloween is this week, of course. I wanted to feature a word appropriate to the occasion and finally decided on one: cackle [kak-uh l]. This word can be used as a verb, meaning "to laugh in a shrill, broken manner" or as a noun, meaning "the act or sound of cackling". I like the word because it is descriptive, it's fun to say, and it is an example of onomatopoeia -- it sounds like what it means. I came up with a couple of sentences using this week's word:
From the open door of the abandoned, ramshackle house
came an eerie sound like a witch's cackle.
She grinned broadly and began to cackle,
her whole body shaking with laughter.
How would you use the word cackle in a sentence? What other "Halloween-y" words can you think of?