Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #26

Fun With Words

Onomatopoeia - a word that imitates the sound it is describing, suggesting - its source object

Here are 13 onomatopoeic words that describe things that happen around my house in the course of time it takes me to type this.

1. Pfffft – My coke can being opened.
2. Thump, thump. thump – the sound of the dog’s leg hitting the floor when he scratches.
3. Bam - The sound of the refrigerator door hitting the door to the garage that has been left open.
4. Thud, thud, thud, thud, thud, thud - you'd think a herd of elephants was climbing the stairs, but it's just the kids.
5. Owwww – the sound my daughter makes when her brother hits her in the back with a granola bar, immediately following by wailing and tears. Yup, even at age 11!
6. Grrrrr – the sound of my stomach telling me it's almost time to eat.

7. Tinkle. tinkle, tinkle - You thought I was going to say something about the bathroom, but I fooled you! It's the sound of the doorbell on my daughter's room.
8. whirrrr - the sound of the handmixer whipping up some potatoes.
9. Murmur, murmur, murmer - the distant sound of a teenager on the cell phone.
10. Shhhhh – the sound of the air conditioner humming away.
11. Thwoot – the sound of the automatic air freshener spritzing a burst of fragrance into the air every 7 minutes (and it still doesn’t hide the funky dog smell).
12. Rrrring – the phone that no one wants to answer.
13. Ruff – the sound of the dog asking to be let back inside.


  1. My baby learned this word in kindergarden. She came home one day and asked me if I knew what onomatopoeia meant. When I said no, she laughed and said "I'm smarter than you!"

  2. Your daughter has a doorbell? Weird and cool at the same time. Happy TT. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. What great descriptive words. Although I think of pfft as the sound I make when I'm doubtful! :)

    Happy TT!

  4. That was fun TT! Thank you.

  5. Loved that list. Although if I did one, it would be a little more disgusting :-)

  6. When my cat scratched herself on my bed I dreamt it was an earthquake ! Maybe you need earplugs ??

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  8. Onamatopoeia is one of my all-time favorite words. I am going to do a Thursday 13 someday with my favorite words. I also love cacophony

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  10. great idea dianne! RUFF!

  11. Cute idea for a TT. And, some great "sounds" there. We have a few going on in our house, too.

    Happy TT!

  12. Well done! So different than the one I did a couple of weeks ago.


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