Posts Tagged ‘onomatopoeia’
Today’s topic: words that sound like stuff.
In my previous post, I mentioned how words are just random noises that don’t mean anything until we associate meaning with them. Now I’m going to talk about words that aren’t random noises.
Onomato … wha?
Onomatopoeia, pronounced like on-uh-mot-uh-pee-ah. It’s the word teachers keep in their arsenal during spelling bees for the kids they don’t like. But also, it’s when a word is created in association with the sound it’s describing.
Think of buzz and sizzle and plink. They’re real words, but they started with people imitating a sound.
Do you remember your kindergarten lessons? Read the rest of this entry »