Friday, December 16, 2011

Scientific study of onomatopoeia

Research has shown that onomatopoeic words activate brain regions involved in the processing of verbal and non-verbal sounds. Imitation is a fundamental biological mechanism for learning and generating behavior. But how are non-human sounds translated into speech, as in onomatopoeia, given the anatomical constraints of the vocal system? Marcos Alberto Trevisan and his co-workers at the University of Buenos Aires address this question in a scientific study modeling voice generation based on anatomical parameters. PLoS ONE: The Anatomy of Onomatopoeia:

'via Blog this'

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Onomatopoeia in advertisement

"Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is"
(Alka Seltzer in the 50's and 60's) Watch the commercial


"One of these days, Alice. Pow! Right in the kisser!"
(Jackie Gleason, The Honeymooners, 50's tv series)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wub is the new oonse

Wub wub wub, nehnehweeh, YOI YOI YOI WAHBWUHB

The sounds of dubstep, a genre in electronic dance music. Pretty popular on the internet, so now and then you run into these onomatopoeia. Oonse or untz is an onomatopoeia imitative of the repetitive beat in rave music. Dubstep is newer than rave, therefore 'wub is the new oonse'.

Dubstep | Know Your Meme: "signature repetitive bass"
Dubstep by Datsik
dubstep beatboxer

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ah-hoo-gah! Old car horns

Hear the funny sounds of antique automobile horns. The 1912 Pierce-Arrow has that awesome cartoonesque sound, definitely a winner. If you ever hear it in real life (many hot-rods have them too) some of them are loud and you immediately recognize it. Here's another website with car-horns by the Antique Automobile Club of America, and a video of a model-A: Renfroe's Model A Aooga horn.
Thanks Doug!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Pooh movie

Onomatopoeia plays a role in Winnie-the-Pooh. In the first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, writer A.A. Milne offers this explanation of why Winnie-the-Pooh is often called simply "Pooh":
"But his arms were so stiff ... they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off. And I think — but I am not sure — that that is why he is always called Pooh."

And of course there is Tigger and Rabbit's scene around the word 'onomatopoeia'.

Disney has announced it will release a new Pooh movie soon:
Disney Returns to the Original Winnie the Pooh -

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 How to Write Onomatopoeia Poems

Poetry can be one of the most creative forms of self-expression. Within the lines and verses of a poem, you can convey a wide variety of thoughts and emotions. The types or styles of poetry you can write are numerous. One concept often used in poetry is onomatopoeia. A form of wordplay that uses words to describe sounds, onomatopoeia can be used to add depth to any poetic composition.

Read more: How to Write Onomatopoeia Poems | to Write Onomatopoeia Poems |

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Boy designs game for kids to learn grammar

A pupil from Peterborough has created a game that is being used in English lessons at schools across the city.

Crawford Johnston initially designed the Creative Writing Magic Money Cards to help him understand English grammar.

The cards explain concepts such as the use of paragraphs and terms such as onomatopoeia.

BBC News - Pupil's game helps with English grammar teaching

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Onomatopoeia in music

Ana Sokolovic has written the opera Svadba that is a blend of poetry, onomatopoeia and words deconstructed into their basic sound elements. Read more: NOW Magazine // Stage // Here comes the song

Monday, June 20, 2011

How Do I Recognize Sentences with Onomatopoeia?

Here is WiseGeek's explanation of onomatopoeia How Do I Recognize Sentences with Onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia in law: property rights

Here is a discussion about claiming property rights on a sound and the importance of having a clear description of that sound for it to be successful. Filing a sound mark as a Trademark? - Trademarks Law Articles and News - Lawdit Reading Room

Examples of onomatopoeia poetry

Check out these examples of poems with onomatopoeia, such as Sour Patch Kids by Forrest Carver, and an untitled poem by Denise Rodgers.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Batman TV series Fight Sounds

Find all onomatopoeia used in the 60's Batman TV series from aieee to zzzzzwap: Batman Fight Graphics

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekend Competition: What's the Onomatopoeia? -

This weekend you can win a prize by coming up with the coolest onomatopoeia at

Weekend Competition: What's the Onomatopoeia? - "Weekend Competition: What’s the Onomatopoeia?
This weekend, co-vocabularists are invited to dance across their keyboards to provide the spelling of the sounds that surround us.

We are used to the Kappow! and Shazam! of cartoon violence, and to the Clunk! Click! of seat-belt safety.

But what of the Dwoiiinnnnnnnngggggggig! when a ruler is strummed against a table-top?

Or the Flumppf! of a wad of mail as it falls from the letter-box?

The usual prizes will be awarded for unusual sounds and experimental spellings."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

210 Onomatopoeia Lessons Reviewed

If you are a teacher, you can find lessons, worksheets and ideas related to onomatopoeia on this website on You can also try related searches such as 'alliteration', 'poetry', 'figurative language' and 'word choice'.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Charlie Williams is an author, sound impressionist and kids comedian from the state of Washington. He is famous for making the most amazing sounds with his voice, that is why they call him the Noiseguy. In his performances he also teaches kids to make cool sounds themselves, making the show really interactive. Definitely check out his awesome website and videos.
Here's a video.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


The Aargh Page is a page showing counts of the many different spellings of "aargh" on the web. An excellent display of how search engines can be used for research!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Poetry by *iPawed on deviantART

onomatopoeia by *iPawed on deviantART

Swinging. Click the link above to read the whole thing.


"doors click in frames - too audible
to pass unnoticed, but
not loud enough to entitle 'rattle'

i hear cars thrum past,
     [i'm still not wholly used to that];
a bizarre sound of travel and air disturbance
that isn't quite encompassed by
swish or woosh:

     onomatopoeia is never as easy
     as the word suggests.

the wind strips the trees and
i strip,"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Onomatopoeia: also the name of a DC comics supervillain

Onomatopoeia (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Onomatopoeia is a DC Comics supervillain who has faced Green Arrow and Batman. He first appeared in Green Arrow #12 (March 2002). He was created by writer Kevin Smith and artist Phil Hester. IGN's Daniel Crown called him 'one of the coolest new villains of the decade'.[1]"
... "His name is derived from the fact that he imitates noises around him, such as dripping taps, gunshots etc."

Urban Dictionary: Aaugh!

Urban Dictionary: Aaugh!: "Aaugh!

Exclaimation of dismay, commonly used, and originaly created by the Peanuts gang by Charles Schulz. Used frequently by Charlie Brown in the following situations:
Losing a Baseball game
Having the football pulled away by Lucy
In an embarrasing situation"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poetry by jana ghossein

Voices around (onomatopoeia) by jana ghossein excerpt: "The cows go moo
the ghost says boo
beez goes buzz
pepsi goes fizz
the bombs goes boom
the elecricity goes zip zap zoom
people goes achoo
ans when i am done i say wohoo! !"

Demon Blood & Onomatopoeia | Books | Portland Mercury

Demon Blood & Onomatopoeia | Books | Portland Mercury: "VOOSH-KLONK! KA-THUNK! BA-AAARF! I know it's a sad little cliché to begin anything having to do with comics with comics-y sound effects—it's about a half step short of the no-shit-Sherlock revelation 'Why, these funny books aren't just for kids anymore!'—but with Skullkickers, I can't help it. (Sorry!)"