June 28, 2013

Copywriting

Argh, I whacked a bumblebee: an exploration of all things onomatopoetic

Saw this post today by Brad Huffman, "When I laugh at stuff on the Internet, I don't really laugh out loud. I just blow more air out of my nose than usual. So it's not like LOL, it's more like BMAOOMNTU."

It reminded me that whenever I want to use an onomatopoeia (I think he has coined a new one here), I end up having to look it up to see what the popular spelling is—"atishoo" is a good example.

Here are some resources...

onomatopoeia

A big dictionary of mostly light onomatopoeias: Writtensound.com ...

Oliver Steele's Aargh page plots the number of times variants of the term "aargh" show up in Google (argh is, by far, the most popular use case)...

More on "sound symbolism" on wikipedia.org...

A good list of expressive interjections from DailyWritingTips.com...

(The image is by Roy Lichtenstein)...

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