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What is an onomatopoeia that you like?

Asked by rebbel (31323points) February 14th, 2012

Onomatopœia.

Is it one that you use(d) when you talk(ed) to your child(ren) Vroom vroom for a car?
One you read in comics?
A self-invented onomatopoeia perhaps?

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Jeruba's avatar

Oh, I like many instances of onomatopoeia. Not the animal sounds and comic book sound effects so much as the evocative verbs:

flicker
sputter
spatter
bubble
rattle
whisk
whoosh
swish
slosh
pop

and so on.

I talked to my children in real words.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Whoosh is very high on my list!

wilma's avatar

Plop
buzz
whisper
whiz
hiss.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Reaching a bit, but “tintinabulation” sort of qualifies and is one of my faves of all time, along with Poe’s The Bells.

tranquilsea's avatar

I love, love LOVE the call of the chickadee, “chick a dee dee dee” especially in the early morning.

TexasDude's avatar

Does “ratatatatatatatatata” count?

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard : ow ow ow ow ow ow ow…<thud>

linguaphile's avatar

Sounds from a poem I used to read to my son while bouncing him on my knee with different rhythms. I made up quite a few more “rhythms.”

This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tree,
Tri, tre, tre, tree!
This is the way the ladies ride,
Tri, tre, tre, tre, tri-tre-tre-tree!

This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Gallop-a-trot,
Gallop-a-trot!
This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Gallop-a-gallop-a-trot!

This is the way the farmers ride,
Hobbledy-hoy,
Hobbledy-hoy!
This is the way the farmers ride,
Hobbledy-hobbledy-hoy!

syz's avatar

Susurrus (I’m not sure that it technically counts, but I always hear the word in my head in a sibilant, whispering voice. Does that count?).

Kardamom's avatar

The sounds of a long eared doggie’s ears blowing in the wind whilst hanging his head out of the car window. It’s flippity-flappety

Sunny2's avatar

Shplat! Pop! Plop. Squish. Gurgle.

@syz Susurrus is a lovely onomatopoeia. I hear a wave coming over a rocky beach.

ucme's avatar

Kerfuffle.

Blackberry's avatar

Schling! That’s supposed to be two swords clanging together.

YARNLADY's avatar

Ka Ching, the sound of money

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