O – Onomatopoeia

OAfter some heavier posts, I am glad I set myself aside a nice, light, fun topic to discuss. Onomatopoeia. Not only a fiendishly difficult word to spell, it is a great element of writing, and language in general. Not remembering what it is from school? To the dictionary!

“The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online

And would you look at that? According to Merriam-Webster,

Onomatopoeia is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 29th most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.”

What makes this word so popular? Is it the fact that it seems to be taught in classes all around? Is it because the idea of it is so interesting, and everyone is looking for examples? Is it because people are just trying to figure out how the heck to spell it?

I don’t have the answer, but one of my favorite uses of onomatopoeia would have to actually be the Adam West Batman show, where they would cut away to scenes that just read POW or BAM. Like this!

How about you? What’s your favorite use of Onomatopoeia? And what do you think leads to its popularity in the dictionary? Let me know in the comments below!


About CompGeeksDavid
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8 Responses to O – Onomatopoeia

  1. I have to side with you. I think those Batman cartoons were the greatest use of Onomatopoeia. It’s certainly quite the word! Great post!

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  2. Gene'O says:

    Yes, agreed on Batman. And that is a pin-worthy image. I had no idea it was that popular in searches.

    Just looking back on the challenge so far, I’m a bit surprised at how many of my topics involve the application of poetic techniques to prose. Going to read your response to my newspaper comment now, and see what you have for “R.” I still haven’t decided on that one for sure.


    • Realism. Harkening back to my Romantic vs. Realistic literature discussion.

      And you really are hitting the poetry techniques advice! Not a bad thing, but definitely a thing.


      • Gene'O says:

        Yeah. It’s definitely a thing. I look at it as a good thing. And I had no idea it was going there, though. Most of the really good posts are written the night before and barely finished in time to catch the wave.

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        • I have been pulling off writing my posts about a week at a time. It’s kind of a nice feeling to be ahead on blogging for once, and that is something I may have to consider taking away from this whole experience!


          • Gene'O says:

            I’m a big fan of being ahead. I’d schedule posts a week at a time if I could.

            I hate days when I waking up and remember that I have blogs, and that I don’t have anything scheduled to post before noon.

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