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Old 02-09-2011, 02:39 PM
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Ack! Pop, Bang, Buzz, Blooper! Writing With Words that Sound Like What They Mean

Screech! Shush! Tweet! Hiccup! Fizzle! Woof! Zipper!

These words are all examples of onomatopoeia – words that sound like what they mean. Writers know they can be used to add sizzle to their copy. Which the following do you think “sounds” better?

They don’t want you to know these secret tactics.

or

They don’t want you to know these hushed up, secret tactics.


Here’s a list of some onomotopeic words. Please add your to the list -- preferably with an example, please … this could be fun, you know!

Good examples -- or examples that make me laugh -- will get green rep!!

bang
bark
blare
blurt
clank
clap
clatter
crackle
crunch
giggle
groan
gush
hum
hush
jingle
mumble
murmur
oink
pop,
pow
purr
quack
rattle
roar
shuffle
slurp
smack
squelch
squeak
thud
thump
twang
vroom
whisper
whistle
zap
zing
zoom
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:25 PM
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I'll be brief and borrow "bip bop bam, alacazam" from an 80's-90's song in the US. I think it was double dutch bus or something like that. Too tired, making quick rounds and bailing. Sorry MJ, best I can come up with while I'm fried
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:33 PM
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Not bad: the fried, tried and true blues?

[YT]mr7QvpHsJBg[/YT]
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:41 PM
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Yeop, that be the one, right in thar Typo was intentional

EDIT

Yes, the DJ slipping out of me again. Fun times, college bars, flipping CD's, good ole days
 
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MJ, i thought this thread was about the old batman t.v. show from way back in the day. lol

I just have to tweet this for my followers to look at.
 
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:29 AM
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I will be adding to this list, at some point ... but I waiting for members to add theirs first.
 
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sizzle

Hmmm --- Im not sure, do they need to be actual, real words? (is hmmmm an example?)

Do they need to be words that are like sounds, or would works that have a strong association to a sound be included? Such as "trickle" or "tinkle"

I may well repeat some of yours... as looking back at the list again and again seems to make me lose the one I thought of after seeing similar words.

twang
thump
drip drop
crack
clunk
crinkle -- crinkling newspaper... but there's also that "crinkle" stuff they put in baby toys... no one ever knows what to call it.. other than "that crinkle stuff"

gasp --- no, thats a word for a noise, but it doesnt sound like the sound it refers to!

boom

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There was a serious gas line explosion nearby overnight. Im going to pull up the article about it and see if I find any. I suspect what's written so far is fairly "raw" ... not much time yet for op ed type pieces.
 
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I didnt find any -- other than boom. Lots of words used to create a visual, but references to sound was almost always "boom"
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I did think of another though..grumble .... (an earlier version of the article referred to the residents of a senior appt building who were irritated to be evacuated)
 
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What about chuckle? Ex: “This thread made me chuckle?”
smack, smash, splash are very attention grabbing.
Now I feel like listening to Crash! Boom! Bang!
 
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