Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing

When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing
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twansalem
04/12/2010

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 1

I can't remember exactly where I first heard this word, but it was in some sort of children's TV program. I vaguely remember it explaining words such as "pop" and "fizz". If a six year old can tell you what the word means, it's not that uncommon.

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plap
04/08/2010

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 1

mentioned loads in junior school and secondary school. Teachers us it all the time.

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Djahuti
01/30/2010

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 2

Fairly common.

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salaciouscrumb
06/09/2009

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 5

Although I agree that this is an uncommon word(a very specific literary device), isn't it still mentioned in high school English classes? I remember learning about it in the 10th grade.

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irishgit
12/30/2008

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 5

Here's an example of it in literature. This is the first verse of Poe's "Bells"




Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

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HistoryFan
04/18/2008

Onomatopoeia - When a word sounds like the exact same thing it's describing 5

It's the thing where a word sounds exactly like the thing it's describing like "bang," "boom," etc.

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