Saturday, June 20, 2015

New concept: Anti-onomatopoeia!

"If onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like or suggests its definition, then anti-onomatopoeia is a word that seems to suggest upon hearing something completely opposite to its actual definition." Reddit user wingedwombat comes up with a nice new concept. Read the original post and comments for possible candidates of anti-onomatopoeia including pulchritude, chlamydia and rubella.

If two people say the word 'simultaneous' ...

... does that make it an onomatopoeia?


My two cents: I think user 'mtwstr' is correct, that the answer is no, because it's only onomatopoeia if the word itself imitates sound.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The name Pac-Man is inspired by onomatopoeia

UberFacts on Twitter:

"Pac-Man's name was inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia "pakku-pakku," which sounds like someone opening and closing their mouth"