An onomatopoeia or onomatopœia ( pronunciation (US) (help·info), from the Greekὀνοματοποιία; [1] ὀνομα for "name"[2] and ποιέω for "I make",[3] adjectival

form: "onomatopoeic" or "onomatopoetic") is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Onomatopoeia (as an uncountable noun) refers to the property of such words. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as "oink" or "meow" or "roar". Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages; they conform to some extent to the broader linguistic system they are part of; hence the sound of a clock may be tick tock in English, dī dā in Mandarin, or katchin katchin in Japanese.

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in names of animals borrowed from these languages. the chiffchaff. the cuckoo. During the 1930s. AU campaign) or "click it or ticket" (click of the connecting seatbelt. Jr. When someone speaks of a mishap involving an audible arcing of electricity. fizz. such as the Bobwhite quail. the creator of Captain Easy and Buz Sawyer: It was Crane who pioneered the use of onomatopoeic sound effects in comics. for example. US DOT campaign). the illustratorVernon Grant developed Snap. meow or purr (cat) and baa (sheep) are typically used in English. as in honk or beepbeep for the horn of an automobile." "pow" and "wham" to what had previously been an almost entirely visual vocabulary. Agglutinative languages or synthetic languages flexibly integrate onomatopoeic words into their structure. Words as well as images became vehicles for carrying along his increasingly fast-paced storylines.). Verba dicendi are a method of integrating onomatopoeia and ideophones into grammar. words like quack (duck). Rice Krispies (US and UK) and Rice Bubbles (AU) make a "snap. the killdeer. adding "bam. Some other very common English-language examples include hiccup. or "blet" with the vowel drawled. Sometimes things are named from the sounds they make. . Some of these words are used both as nouns and as verbs. the word "zap" is often used (and has subsequently been expanded and used to describe non-auditory effects generally connoting the same sort of localized but thorough interference or destruction similar to that produced in short-circuit sparking). [edit]Comics and advertising Comic strips and comic books made extensive use of onomatopoeia. has kept approximately the same pronunciation as in Anglo-Saxon times and its vowels have not changed to as in "furrow". an athlete. every trip" (click the seatbelt on after clunking the car door closed. In Tamil and Malayalam. This practice is especially common in certain languages such as Māori and. and splash. zoom. fizz. Related to this is the use of tibbir for the toad. front and back" (click.[edit]Cross-linguistic examples Main article: Cross-linguistic onomatopoeias [edit]Uses of onomatopoeia In the case of a frog croaking. as in AlkaSeltzer's "Plop. which. plop. moo (cow). therefore. beep. Many birds are named after their calls. the spelling may vary because different frog species around the world make different sounds: Ancient Greekbrekekekex koax koax (only in Aristophanes' comic play The Frogs) for probably marsh frogs. chickadee. pop" when one pours on milk. clack. so consumers will remember their products. the whooping crane and the whip-poor-will. Popular culture historian Tim DeForest noted the impact of writer-artist Roy Crane (1901–1977). the Weero. crackle. bark or woof (dog). English verb "croak" for the common frog. tossing in an occasional "ker-splash" or "lickety-wop" along with what would become the more standard effects. An example of the opposite case is "cuckoo". One example is English "bleat" for the sheep noise: in medieval times it was pronounced approximately as "blairt" (but without an R-component). the Morepork. clack of connecting the seatbelts. In English. Oh. which is much more accurate as onomatopoeia than the modern pronunciation. English ribbit for species of frog found in North America. Crackle and Pop as gnome-like mascots for the Kellogg Company. roar (lion). there is the universal fastener which is named for the onomatopoeic of the sound it makes: the zip (in the UK) or zipper (in the U. Crane had fun with this. due to continuous familiarity with the bird noise down the centuries. the word for crow is kaakaa. what a relief it is!" jingle. bang. recorded in two different versions (big band and rock) by Sammy Davis. Sounds surface in road safety advertisements: "clunk click.S. This may evolve into a new word. UK campaign) or "click.[4] In 2002. For animal sounds. martial artist and weapons expert who often speaks sounds. Machines and their sounds are also often described with onomatopoeia. and vroom or brum for the engine. up to the point that it is no longer recognized as onomatopoeia. Advertising uses onomatopoeia as a mnemonic. DC Comics introduced a villain named Onomatopoeia.

Japaneseoften utilizes such words to describe feelings or figurative expressions about objects or concepts. featuring a reproduction of comic book art that depicts a fighter aircraft striking another with rockets with dazzling red and yellow explosions. pow!. and shiiin is the onomatopoetic form of absolute silence (used at the time an English speaker might expect to hear the sound of crickets chirping or a pin dropping in a silent room.. there is a running gag about a "splut. and the game is an adaptation of a comic book of the same name. This description seems to have originated from an interview with Bob Dylan.untz. The onomatopoeia that is said to be heard at a typical Disco Biscuits (a popular jamband) show is untz. "biff!"." which is usually the sound of a pie hitting someone in the face. Japanese barabara is used to reflect an object's state of disarray or separation. to comic effect. You can improve the article by adding more descriptive text and removing less pertinent examples. untz. Marvel also uses the sound effect "bamf" to signify Nightcrawler's teleportation. The comic-book style is apparent throughout the game and is a core theme. newt! and mint! which are references to other Simpsons episodes. which describes the glinting of light on things like gold. Tigger also announces that onomatopoeia is in fact a real word. the sound of Spider-Man's web shooter.untz. the sound of the Tardis is represented as vworp! vworp! In the Garfield comic strip and television series. Dook dook drinking sound effect as depicted inwebcomic Scary Go Round • • Whaam! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein is an early example of pop art. poor or irrelevant examples. crunch and "zounds" appear onscreen during fight scenes. respectively.. Tigger lists onomatopoeia as a possible word that Rabbit doesn't allow to be said in his house. chrome or precious stones. onomatopoeia-like words are used to describe phenomena apart from the purely auditive. kirakira is used for glittery things. See Wikipedia'sguide to writing better articles for further suggestions. who said "I kept hearing this. or someone coughing). explosions and kills. Garfield once kicked Odie." or a variation thereof. with Garfield remarking to Jon that Odie needs to be tuned • • • • The late Mad cartoonist Don Martin often used such words in his artwork. • For example. and snikt! the switchblade-sound ofWolverine's claws locking into place (which was replaced with the lesser-knownschlikt during the period he was left without the adamantium covering on his bones). There are also internet memes with a picture of Batman and the caption "I can punch you so hard words will appear in thin air. In the 1960s TV series Batman.(sound in the background of all the music)" • • • • In book 4 of Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels. For instance. In Doctor Who comic strips.. The irony in this being that "Pooh" got his name from the sound he made when trying to blow a bee off of his nose. the name of the Houyhnhnms is an onomatopoeia for the whinny of a horse. This is often the subject of parody. but instead of 'kick' it said 'blagoonga'. boom and noooo! during gameplay for gunshots.untz. In Japanese. It is used in Englishas well with terms like bling. Marvel Comics has trademarked two words of their own invention: thwip!. Ubisoft's XIII employed the use of comic book onomatopoeias such as bam!.. comic book style onomatopoeias such as wham!.[edit]Manner imitation Main article: Ideophone In many of the world's languages. [edit]Examples in media This article may contain excessive. for example in the Simpsons episode "Radioactive Man" where the onomatopoeic words are replaced with snuh!. In the movie Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo. .

the humorously out of place onomatopoeia of doink! is written on-screen during its powerful knife stab attack.[5] In an episode of Duckman. "Wow". "Bam". when a character claims that the word onomatopoeia is spelled "just the way it sounds!". Each episode of the TV series Harper's Island was given an onomatopoeic name which imitates the sound made in that episode when a character dies. "funt" was used as the sound of a fired silenced pistol. "Pow". The Nickelodeon cartoon Kablam is implied to be onomotapoeic to a crash. which included "Zowie"." to illustrate someone tying a string around a package. "Bang". in the episode titled "Bang" a character is shot and fatally wounded. "Zang". The comic strip For Better or For Worse is notorious for using non-onomatopoeic verbs as onomatopoeias. They tumble through a series of signs from the presentation on their way through. Examples in the song start out reasonable and start to get more ludicrous as the song goes on. "Zap". 2008 comic of Ozy and Millie featured a panel in which Millie repeats the word "Splorsh" and Ozy quips "I've noticed you find Onomatopoeia extremely distracting. • • • • • • "Kerplunk" was used in the video game Final Fantasy VIII as the name of one of the Guardian Force Cactuar's attacks. "Woosh". Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn) and Ian McShane (portraying a Russian negotiator) have a conversation about how the word 'frumpy' "onomatopoetically sounds right". The January 8. each labeled with the appropriate onomatopoeia for the sound effect that plays during the fight. "Boom". In The Transformers. "Zoom". • • • • • • • [edit]See also • • • Anguish Languish Animal sounds Sound symbolism • Japanese sound symbolism ." to indicate a person shaving. the Autobot Warpath spoke with onomatopoeia in his speech. For the Guardian Force Tonberry. Iain M." The marble game KerPlunk is an onomatopoeia for the sound of the marbles dropping when one too many sticks has been removed. A well-known rhetorical question is "Why doesn't onomatopoeia sound like what it is?". "Zingo". In the video game Brave Story: New Traveler. or "Tie. "Zorch". an onomatopoeia appears wherever an attack hits its target. such as "Scrape. 'ouch!' is not the sound of pain): "Bang! went the pistol. and "Boing" among others. Banks references this in his novel Against a Dark Background. | Ouch! went the son of a gun. In a 2002 episode of The West Wing. "Wham". "Zing". | Crash! went the window. "Blam". "Whack". In one issue of Punisher." Todd Rundgren wrote a humorous song "Onomatopoeia" which uses many examples in this "Love Song".• The chorus of American popular song writer John Prine's song "Onomatopoeia" cleverly incorporates onomatopoeic words (though as discussed. "Clang". For example. | Onomatopoeia | I don't wanna see ya | Speaking in a foreign tongue. with the "Bang" mimicking the sound of the gunshot. a fight between Duckman and King Chicken crashes through a college classroom where Ajax was earlier giving a presentation on onomatopoeia. "Zack". "Kazowy".