Drip, drop, crash, bang – What was that sound?

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Words are the foundation of books, so it’s only appropriate to discuss words themselves. My favorite word is onomatopoeia. I actually tried to make my domain onomatopoeia, but sadly it was already taken.

Webster’s Dictionary definition: noun, 1. The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss). 2. The use of words whose sound suggest the sense (onomatopoeic – adjective, onomatopoetically – adverb)

First I’ll give you a brief review of grammar. A noun is a person, place, thing, or an idea. An adjective describes a noun, example ‘She has a red balloon’. Red is the adjective, since it describes the balloon (noun). An adverb describes a verb. A verb is an action, example ‘She ran’. Ran is the action. Now add, an adverb to describe the verb, example ‘She quickly ran’. Quickly describes how she ran. Hopefully, it’s not too confusing.

I love the word onomatopoeia, because just saying the word is fun. And then the word itself means giving something a sound. The bees buzz near the flowers. The river splashes and gushes downhill. The big balloon pops. I hear the fire crackle. Drip, drop, drip down the rain falls upon the window. The wolf howls in the distance. The mouse squeaked under the floorboard. Aka-Seltzer’s slogan: ‘Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is’. We hear how Rice Krispies sound: ‘snap, crackle, pop’.  Would you hear a dog buzz? We can’t exactly hear what we read, so words describe it. Everything has a sound from animals, doorbells, people, cars, weather, alarms, music, and much more. Compare these sentences: I awoke to thump, thump, thumping of feet from the floor above. I awoke to the pitter patter of soft feet. Which sounds would be more pleasant to wake up to?

Check out these websites for more fun sound words. I wasn’t able to insert the actual sound of ‘onomatopoeia’, so that alone is worth clicking the first link.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onomatopoeia

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/429308/onomatopoeia

http://www.writtensound.com/index.php

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