Onomatopoeia is a word which mimics the sound it represents. Unlike most words whose connection to the meanings they represent is abstract, onomatopoeias have a direct connection to the words they represent. Onomatopoeias are used in poetry, comic books, advertising, and even in everyday speech. Make sure you say these out loud so you hear them! The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
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Onomatopoeia is a word which mimics the sound it represents. Unlike most words whose connection to the meanings they represent is abstract, onomatopoeias have a direct connection to the words they represent.
Onomatopoeias are used in poetry, comic books, advertising, and even in everyday speech. Make sure you say these out loud so you hear them! The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts. Onomatopoeias are useful and auditory-stimulating words. Their power to evoke meaning lies in their mimicry of the sounds which they represent. Because text has the limitation of conveying sensory details through the filter of imagination, writers must use onomatopoeia from time to time in order to convey a more exact meaning.
Furthermore, having a separate word to designate a sound makes it much easier to communicate sound. Just as we have words for how things look, smell, feel, and taste, we also have words for sounds. However, every word that describes a sound is not an onomatopoeia. How many onomatopoeias can you identify in poems, stories, advertisements, and everyday speech?
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Sound Words: Examples of Onomatopoeia
Examples of Onomatopoeia
Writers can describe sounds, or they can choose verbs and nouns that do the same, often with fewer words. Which sentences in the following pairs stimulate your sense of hearing better? The toy train clickety-clacked over the tiny track and rattled off at the last corner. I heard the doorbell and went to the door to see who it was.
List of onomatopoeias
Examples of Onomatopoeia Words that imitate the sounds or noises they refer to are examples of onomatopoeia. A t the intersection where noise meets language, we have a wonderful collection of words in English that are imitations of the sounds they represent. We hear the boom of an explosion, the roar of a jet, and the hiss of a snake. Some of these words can also function as verbs: Birds chirp , sirens blare , and cars crash. Words that are imitations of the sounds they refer to are examples of onomatopoeia. Examples of onomatopoeia abound in other languages too, although somewhat surprisingly, the words used to describe the same sounds are often not the same in different languages. The pig on Old MacDonald's farm, for example, says oink oink in English, but groin groin in French, grunz in German, and buu buu in Japanese.
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