“O” is for Onomatopoeia

Some words are dry and dull and others are just fun — fun to read, fun to say, to roll over your tongue. “Onomatopoeia” is one of them.

In case you’re not familiar with the word, an onomatopoeia is a word such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.  (Thank you Answers.com for that helpful way of describing it). Thus,

“Bang!”

“Zoom!”

“Rustle..” (that’s a nice quiet one)

Most animal sounds are onomatopoeia – “meow”, “woof”, “moo”.

But aside from the concept, I just love the sound of the word. Words have their own music, as anyone who’s read the poetry of Dylan Thomas can tell you.

Tigger believes in “onomatopoeia”!  Just listen:

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