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Monday, 19 December 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Onomatopoeia

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Onomatopoeia: noun - the shaping of a word by imitation of the sound connected with the thing or action denominated; a word formed this way; in Rhetoric - the use of naturally suggestive language for effect.

Here's a list of some that come to mind. There are more, but I'll let you discover those for yourselves.

Ah, baa, bang, beep, belch, boo, buzz, cheep, chirp, clang, clap, cluck, clunk, crunch, fizz, giggle, growl, gurgle, hiccup, hiss, honk, hum, jangle, meow, moo, murmur, neigh, oink, ouch, phew, piss, ping, plop, purr, quack, rattle, roar, screech, shush, sizzle, slap, sniff, splash, squelch, thud, thump, tinkle, twang, ugh, vroom, whack, wham, whip, whizz, zap, zoom, etc….

'The tinkle of the fountain was interrupted by the plop and splash of the coins Christina tossed into the pool, making her giggle with delight but causing grumpy Godfrey growl with dismay at the waste.'

'In the golden fields of corn, the cattle meowed and the crows purred; flying overhead, the hissing bears collided with zooming pigs causing them to neigh in annoyance, as, along the horizon, a long line of lions oinked and buzzed as they devoured the jangling flowers.'
What do you mean, that's nonsense?

1154 - Henry II was crowned King of England.

1910 - 1st city ordinance requiring white and black residential areas was made in Baltimore. It would be years before such discrimination was first recognised for the injustice it was, and then made illegal. Of course, there remain idiots who still consider racial separation to be a good thing; but such ignorance and fear simply identifies these unfortunates as either stupid or ill-informed.

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