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