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Thursday, July 20, 2006

 

Onomatopoeia


Dogs bark, snarl. Cats meow and purr. Cattle moo or low. Pigs oink, squeal or grunt. Roosters cros. Hens cluck and cackle. Goats bleat. Horses neigh. Geese honk. Ducks quack. Parrots shriek and squawk. Doves coo. Turkeys gabble. Apes chatter, jabber and gibber. Snakes hiss or rattle. Elephants trumpet. Giraffes whimper. Birds twitter or chirp or warble or sing or croon or trill or issue a million other sounds. Owls hoot. Hornbills yawp. Frogs croak. Monkeys screech. Foxes howl. Lions roar. TIgers growl. Puppies yelp, whine, and whimper. Bees buzz. Mosquitoes hum. Crickets and cicadas chirrup or chirr. Hyenas laugh. Bulls bawl or bellow.

Horns toot. Cars honk. Bells peal or clang. Phones ring. Pagers beep. Doorbells ding-dong. Rain pitter-patters. Rivers gush. Leaves sough. Waves splash. The wind whispers. Kettles whistle. Trains hoot. Brooks gurgle or murmur. Bows and arrows creak and twang. Clocks tick-tock. Base drums boom. Time bombs tick. Electronic gadgets intone. Kites whir or whirr. Toasters ding. Hot oil splutters or sputters. Beer cans pop. Champagne bottles burst. A slob slurps.

Dad hollers. His voice thunders. Soldiers yell or shout. Monks chant. The wounded groan and sigh. Gossips tattle, prattle, prate. Fools blab, babble, blabber, or blather. Audiences guffaw. Boys chuckle or chortle. Girls titter, giggle, snicker. Singers chorus. Hearts beat or throb. Hungry stomachs rumble and grumble. The one asleep snores. The lungs breathe. The sad sobs, snivel, sniffle. The unsure stammers. The scornful snorts. A clumsy child lisps. A shout in the valley echoes. Banshees keen and wail. Rallyists and politicians rant. THe sick rasps, pants, gasps. Babies cry, weep, yap. Men talk.

The first words ever formed must be onomatopoeic. Ululation, tintinnabulation -- even these words must be old, old words, long and seemingly complex though they may be.

Where would civilization be if the first man hadn't figured out speech using the first-ever figure of speech?


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