What Is Onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeia is a way of naming something by it's
Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and this video is about onomatopoeia.Buzz, hiss, and hiccup, are all examples of onomatopoeia, which is a way of naming something by imitating it's sound. Water hitting the ground is a splash. A bomb exploding is a "boom," or a "bang," and when scissors cut, it's a "snip." The sounds of the words themselves try to mimic as closely as possible the actual sound of the action, though it may not be exact.A clock "ticks" or "cuckoo's," a steak "sizzles," and when driving a car you may "beep" your horn, or go over a "bump." Onomatopoeia is a linguistic device that is often used in poetry, advertisements, comics, and children's books. Descriptions of the sounds that animals make, like "oink," "ribbit," or "meow," are other examples of onomatopoeia. The literal meaning of onomatopoeia is "word making" from the greek roots that mean, [onoma ]- "name" and [poeia] - "to make." When something uses onomatopoeia it is considered to be onomatopoeic, or onomatopoetic, the adjective form of onomatopoeia. So whether your dog "woofs," your car "vroom's," or your zipper "zips," you're using onomatopoeia.Thanks for watching, to learn more visit us on the web at About.com.