Onomatopoeia

Sounds Right

This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

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Pop!  Ballons, popcorn, soda pop full of bubbles that fizz and burst in your nose and throat.

Sussuruss:  whisper, murmur, rustle.  The silk folds of a full-skirted dress swooshing against each other as a lovely lady walks across the room.

Slice: the satisfying sound of a properly sharpened chef’s knife easing through an onion or a potato.

Cackle: An old lady laughing from the belly; the cacophony of the chicken yard; the gabble of geese. 

Flip-flop: What I’m wearing slaps against my feet with every step, announcing my arrival.

Meow: You can hardly say it without doing it.

Twitter: The melodic birdsong right outside my study window, announcing the glories of an early- August  summer morning blessed with cerulean sky and puffy marshmallow clouds scudding from west to east.

I love words. Language is an amazing thing.

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3 thoughts on “Onomatopoeia

  1. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Sounds Right | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice

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