18 October 2012

Onomatopoeia Week continues!

According to one theory, the word “barbarian” is onomatopoetic.  It’s suggested that the ancient Greeks coined it to describe non-Greek-speakers, who’s languages sounded to them like someone going “bar bar bar bar bar.”

The ancient Greeks weren’t known for their cultural sensitivity.

Either way, today we look at the sound of human language.   Here is a poll about some words, each of which started as an onomatopoeia.

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