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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Onomatopaeia


All linguists admit that in every language certain words, more especially those that convey ideas of sound, are formed on the principle of onomatopÅ“ia; i.e. an attempt to make the pronunciation conform to the sound. Such English words as ‘hiss,’ ‘roar,’ ‘bang,’ ‘buzz,’ ‘crash,’ &c., are of this class. One can hardly pronounce these words without, in some sense, performing the acts which they represent.

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