Onomatopoeia, Again


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.


Here’s another word that is a great example of onomatopoeia:  It sounds like what it means.

As a verb, it means to speak in an  unclear manner, mushing words so they can barely be understood. We tend to connect slurred speech with drunkenness, or as a symptom of a stroke or other illness.  Sometimes young people tend to be difficult to understand because they slur their words together.  I’m not sure why that is.  They do seem to move past it, a great relief to those of us whose ears don’t work as well as they used to.

As noun, a slur is an insult. We often think of it in terms of racial slurs; sometimes it is a slur on one’s character, or personality.

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(A manure slurry is used to fertilize fields.  It works great, but it sure smells terrible!)

Another noun deriving from the same root is slurry.  A slurry is a semiliquid mixture, typically of fine particles of manure, cement, or coal suspended in water.

In any case, as I’ve said so many times before, words mean things. Racial slurs are not merely unkind, they are inflammatory.  Sadly, they’re being used these days as an indictment on anyone who isn’t on board with the agenda of the radical left.  Being conservative does NOT equal being racist.  Just saying.



4 thoughts on “Onomatopoeia, Again

  1. Never heard of a slurry; farmers here just call them liquid manure spreaders or the more euphemistic “Honey wagons” which I suspect is a brand name. 🙂

    Racial slurs we know well enough and I agree, they are hurtful. And I’m seeing what you’re saying in your last paragraph. US bloggers seem polarized right now. If you’re not ready to open wide the gates and let everyone come in, you must be a xenophobic (and/or racist) selfish hoarder. Trouble is, the worm turns pretty fast when tough times come.

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    1. I watched a video clip of a reporter who was asking protesters at LAX if they would be willing to take in one or two refugees themselves. Nope. Not enough room, my roommate would be afraid, it could be dangerous. . .REALLY?? Then WHY do you want to force the rest of us to do what you won’t do yourselves?


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