Onomatopoeia is figure of speech where the word sounds like the thing that it is
describing. For example, 'BOOM' 'cuckoo', or the 'bee buzzzzes'. Allegory, double entendre,
oxymoron and metaphor are other figures of speech,
but none have the impudence of onomatopoeia.
'Klunk! Klick! Every trip'. UK promotion to
encourage the wearing of car seat belts.
'Snap crackle pop.' Kelloggs cleverly
use this onomatopoeia in their Rice Krispies adverts.
The moan of doves in immemorial elms, And
murmuring of innumerable bees. 'Come Down O Maid' by Alfred Lord
'Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.'
Slogan of Alka Seltzer, USA
'Plink, plink, fizz, fizz'. Alka Seltzer, UK
Jemimah: It's called Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang. Truly Scrumptious: That's a
curious name for a motorcar. Jemimah: But that's the
sound it makes. Listen. It's saying chitty chitty, chitty chitty,
chitty chitty, chitty chitty, chitty chitty, bang bang! chitty chitty .
. . ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Film 1968)
'I'm getting married in the morning! Ding dong! the
bells are gonna chime.'
By Lerner and Loewe from 'Get Me to the Church on Time' in 'My Fair
Bake A Cake
Cake tins clatter and bang Wooden spoons tap, tap, tap Beat butter
and sugar together Cream, creamy, creamier Softly sift self-raising
flour Crack an egg, empty contents, splat Gurgle milk into the mix
Hand-held egg-beater whirring Bake the cake for an hour Lick the bowl,
rinse and wash Slosh, splash water on the floor Tip hot cake onto rack
to cool Pipe icing and whipped cream Plonk strawberries round edge
Yummy, kids say to their mummy.
By Lee Emmett
A Day In The Life Of A Secretary - An Onomatopoeic Poem
The flurry of words Spouting from his mouth, I scribble in a hurry.
I click the mouse And launch a search To fish out any info That may
fill up the blanks Left wide open by him. I hammer the keys of my lap
top, To create some semblance of a draft, Every now and then, darts
out, my portly boss All sweating and fuming, he rudely hisses: 'What's
happening? Time is ticking away This reply needs to be sent today.'
Glued to my seat; Glued to the monitor, I gobble up some pizza And
gulp down some cola Continually the mobile cries, Merrily do my
friends chatter, I have no time to stop and hear , Time is ticking
away This reply needs to be sent today. Finally the draft is done
Proudly I strut to his room He picks one small mistake and barks After
all that toil and sweat I have put in I feel like biting him, nay,
tear him to pieces! 'Correct this mistake and send it now!' He growls
and scowls I correct the draft and hit the send button with a curse
The reply is finally on its course with a curse.
The longest one-syllable word in the
English language is 'screeched.'
Los Angeles's full name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula' and
can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, 'L.A.'
The name for Oz in the 'Wizard of Oz' was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence 'Oz.'
The longest common word that you can type with just the left hand is probably 'Stewardesses', however there is the obscure but longer: 'Aftercataracts'. With the right hand the longest word is
Phyllophyllin. (Lolypop comes close, but as Groucho Marx would say: 'no cigar')
The combination 'ough' can be pronounced in nine
different ways. The following sentence contains them all 'A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.'
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning 'containing