O is for Onomatopoeia

8D49DF05-F2CF-4889-89BB-79573476844CO is for what? Onomatopoeia, that’s what. What is an onomatopoeia, you ask? Well, you already know what it is if you’ve ever written or said words like “buzz” or “hiss.” Because onomatopoeia is a literary device that involves the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it, like “bang,” “boom,” “ca-ching,” “cluck,” “moo,” “oink,” “purr,” “snarl,” or — well, you get it.

From my perspective, onomatopoeia is not only a great word to say, but it comes in handy when writing. It adds color and description using something almost every reader can relate to. I mean how would you write about the low, continuous, vibratory sound that a contented cat makes if you couldn’t use the word “purr”?

But the word also brings back fond memories — for me, anyway — of the time when my fifth grade teacher introduced the class to that beautiful, six syllable word. Why? Because I had a crush on a girl whose name was Anna. And because I was an immature, smartass of a fifth grader.

I thought I would impress the hell out of Anna when I heard the word onomatopoeia by looking at her and saying, “So, Anna-wanta-pee-ah?”

I did impress Anna. Unfortunately, not in a good way. In fact, it only took two times of my saying, “Anna-wanta-pee-ah?” for her to suggest that I do something to myself that is both physically and anatomically impossible.

But even though I lost Anna when she told me to go “cluck” myself, I still love saying the word onomatopoeia.


Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

26 thoughts on “O is for Onomatopoeia

  1. Sadje April 17, 2019 / 6:09 am

    Trust the naked skier to say that to a girl in fifth grade 😱

    Liked by 2 people

  2. drtanya@saltedcaramel April 17, 2019 / 8:29 am

    I first came across this word when my eldest was in third grade.
    His English language book had a chapter on Onomatopoietic words. I still don’t know how to spell that correctly.
    Imagine getting seven or eight year olds to say and spell it.

    I wonder why they couldn’t simply call them sound words .

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 17, 2019 / 1:28 pm

      Or Anna-wanta-pee-ah words.

      Like

    • Fandango April 17, 2019 / 10:56 pm

      I tried to comment on your post, but comments are closed. Anyway, you crushed it. I didn’t count how many onomatopoeias (is that a word?) you fit in that post, but it was a lot. Well done, although it sounds like a real nightmare. And great signage about staying where you are if you’re lost…because “we don’t like you”! Oh snap!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bill April 18, 2019 / 6:42 am

        Thanks. I like the word too.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. leigha66 April 17, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    Quite a smooth operator in 5th grade there. LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 17, 2019 / 11:11 pm

      I’m not sure “smooth” is the right word. 😱

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.