Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

O is for Onomatomania

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Onomatomania is the preoccupation with words. Seems like a good thing to have if you are a writer.


Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like what it means. Whoa, don’t panic; these are easy words.

Animal sounds are some of the first onomatopoeia words a child learns.

  • What does a sheep say? Baa.
  • What does a cow say? Moo.

Onomatophobia is an unnatural fear of saying a certain word. My mother-in-law had this “everything snakes” phobia. Not only did she have an issue with seeing snakes and saying or hearing the word snakes, but don’t even consider hissing like a snake. (Wahoo – hiss is another example of onomatopoeia.)

I guess I have a bit of onomatomania; should be an acceptable mania considering I do software technical writing.

And just for fun, who remembers how to say Escherichia?


Comments on: "O is for Onomatomania" (2)

  1. Interesting. Is there such a thing as onomatoaversion? There are certain words I really dislike the sound of. I can’t even type them. I’m not afraid of them, but I am repulsed by their meaning.

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