Homophone request.

The Year of The Rooster is upon us.

The Chinese love their homophones.

We have “鸡” (toneless pinyin: ji) chicken and “吉” (toneless pinyin: ji) lucky.

I'm trying to see if there are any English homophones that could match this criteria: rooster, chicken, cock [any form of synonym would be okay] & lucky, auspicious, propitious [any form of synonym would be okay].

(close rhymes might work)

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    What about clucky and lucky? – J. Siebeneichler Jan 24 '17 at 15:54
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    Could you narrow this question so that there are only one or two alternatives? List questions are not a good fit for Stack Exchange. – Andrew Leach Jan 24 '17 at 18:11
  • The root of auspicious is actually the Latin word avis for bird (as in avian, aviary, etc.). Originally, an auspex was someone who told fortunes based on the flight of birds. That's probably not as obvious as you want, though. – 1006a Jan 24 '17 at 19:53
  • we have an idiom 'lucky duck' ..but ducks aren't chickens. and it is not one word and a duck is not a chicken. Just wanted to share we've got a lucky fowl reference. – Tom22 Jan 24 '17 at 21:36
  • @AndrewLeach I understand your concern but genuinely feel that acceptable answers will be quite limited – user3306356 Jan 24 '17 at 21:40

A rooster could be also be a booster. They rhyme, and the meaning of booster is close to adding a measure of good luck (Google: Propitious = giving a good chance of success).

A booster is a someone who champions a cause or offers help or encouragement. Literally, to boost is to lift up (Give me a boost, please), promote (She boosted the seedless orange's easy eating), or increase (The booster vaccine added years of protection for the children.)

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  • What does a booster have to do with luck? Boosting is conscious; intentional. Luck isn't. – Dan Bron Jan 24 '17 at 19:46
  • @DanBron--To boost is to aid the auspiciousness of whatever you are boosting, adding towards its success. To that extent, it helps, as luck helps, even though boosting is intentional. – Yosef Baskin Jan 24 '17 at 20:07

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