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!

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