New Word #20: “Itch” And “Inch”

I’ve always liked words which end in “itch” or “inch” even though sometimes I can confuse one with another due to spelling similarities. Each of these words comes with an attached sound. For example, the word “glitch”–one can almost hear the sound of a “click” when a malfunction happens. The word “twitch” too–one can almost feel the twisting of the facial muscle. The word “snitch” is so easy to remember that I remembered it the first time I encountered it in a TV show with a government informer in it.

Many of these words are commonly used–they are formal words with a feel of being a slang.

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glitch: an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection

hitch: a sudden movement; a sudden haul. It is also a verb, meaning to travel by hitchhiking.

skitch: hold on to the back of a moving motor vehicle so as to be pulled along while riding a skateboard.

twitch: give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement.

snitch: an informer; to inform on someone.

flitch: a slab of timber cut from a tree trunk.

ditch: a narrow channel dug in the ground; to give up

pitch: highness or lowness of sound; the throw of a baseball or softball to a batter.


cinch: an extremely easy task.

clinch: grapple at close quarters; confirm or settle (a contract or bargain).

flinch: make a quick, nervous movement as an instinctive reaction to fear, pain, or surprise.

grinch: a person who is mean-spirited and unfriendly.

winch: the crank of a wheel or axle.

Similar Spelling:

filch: pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way.

niche: a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service.

quiche: a baked flan or tart with a savory filling thickened with eggs.

24 thoughts on “New Word #20: “Itch” And “Inch”

    1. I love it 😁. My mother tongue is German (well, Austrian, there ARE differences), I live in Germany but whatever I write in my private life (my blog, travel diary, etc) is English. Crazy me πŸ™ˆπŸ€£

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        1. I was really shocked when somebody points out that there are so many different accent just in London. I don’t mean immigrants from other countries. I only mean those who live there for centuries. They have a lot of different accents. LOL.

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