the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
a word so formed.
Rhetoric. the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical effect.


I love the irony of this word.  Such a horribly complicated way of saying "a word that sounds like what it is".

HeWhoPleasures HeWhoPleasures
41-45, M
15 Responses Mar 3, 2008

When I looked up from my slommy desk I was so overwhelmed all I could say was, "Woweezoweezaparoonee." Then I felt better.

Well wowza! LOL

Words become coin of the realm through usage - sometimes quite quickly - like "google" as a verb. For example, the other day I had so many different freelance jobs going on my desk was unbelievably slommy.

Apparently I used to do the same thing as a kid.You've a budding wordsmith in the works there. lol I remember seeing Mary Poppins and my favorite word that I made up from seeing that movie and my kids still use is,<br />
Woweezoweezaparoonee. The boys used to laugh themselves silly whenever I said this! LOL

I love words of all kinds. When my kids were small we used to make up words to express our feelings and keep from descending into the verbal pit of bad language. One of our favorites that could be used for just any emotion was/is "Wowza"! lol<br />
But after years of dealing with a lot of attitude challenged people on the net, I have one I use quite often that puts an end to a lot of argumentative and abusive behaviour. I just write "Pshaw". Defined as a verbal gesture of contempt. By the time the person looks it up, they and realizes what it means, they don't post back! lol

If memory serves me, you play Scrabble with 7 letters on your rack. So, if there was an X lying around, for example, and that was the only letter in quincunx you were missing, showtime! I think you get 50 bonus points if you use all your letters on one word.

i also like quincunx. would love to throw that one down playing scrabble. "the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five-spot on dice"

Any word with a z and that many y`s has to be good! And the definition is very cool, too...

That's one of my favorites too! 3 planets in alignment.

Syzygy. That`s my favorite. When the Earth, Sun, and Moon all lie within a straight line...

Ain't nothin' but a house party.

Grace is my favorite word. -- Just jumping in on the title of the experience group - "What's you're favorite word?" -- Have to agree with the author about onomatopoeia. It probably worked well in the original Greek, but in English it fails because it's difficult and counter-intuitive to say - and it doesn't sound a thing like what it describes - (or provide an example of the phenomenon) - so it fails on that front too. If words can be irritating, onomatopoeia is an irritating word.


where do you come up with this stuff?

yea .. tht sounds pretty good ... :) ....