Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, 6 July 2019!
This week we are hearing things, as we explore the use of ONOMATOPOEIA. You will need to use the THREE onomatopoeic words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.
Our three words, using onomatopoeia are:
You may be asking yourself, How can I use onomatopoeia in my writing?
Luckily, Your Dictionary has some examples for you.
The word onomatopoeia comes from the combination of two Greek words, onoma meaning “name” and poiein meaning “to make,” so onomatopoeia literally means “to make a name (or sound).” That is to say that the word means nothing more than the sound it makes. The word “boing,” for example, is simply a sound effect, but one that is very useful in making writing or storytelling more expressive and vivid.
Many onomatopoeic words can be verbs as well as nouns. “Slap” for instance, is not only the sound that is made by skin hitting skin, but also the action of hitting someone (usually on the face) with an open hand. “Rustle” is the sound of something dry, like paper, brushing together, but it can also indicate the action of someone moving papers around and causing them to brush together, thus making this noise.
Common Examples of Onomatopoeia
The concept of onomatopoeia words can be difficult to understand without examples. Examples give you the chance to see and sound out actual words. Below are five categories of onomatopoeic words with several examples of each.
- Water sounds – splash, splosh, plip, plop, drip, drop
- Vocal sounds – giggle, growl, grunt, gurgle, mumble, murmur
- Collision sounds – bam, bang, clang, clank, clap, clatter, click, screech, slap, thud, thump
- Air sounds -flutter, fisst, swish, swoosh, whoosh, whizz
- Animal sounds – baa, woof, neigh, buzz, cheep, cock-a-doodle-doo, meow
Example of Onomatopoeia in Literature
Onomatopoeia is a fun, linguistic tool used in literature, songs and advertisements. Now consider the following example of onomatopoeia words in use:
“Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong. The little train rumbled over the tracks.”
– “The Little Engine That Could”, Watty Piper
Source: YourDictionary Editors. “Onomatopoeia” yourdictionary.com, http://examples.yourdictionary.com/5-examples-of-onomatopoeia.html (accessed July 6, 2019).
Good luck with your ‘Sound Bite’ task – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #SoundBite.
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