Janet Brennan Croft
Editor of Mythlore http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html
with Anu Garg
Bees buzz, clocks go tick-tock, and train engines hiss (or used to). Where there's sound there is onomatopoeia -- our interpretation of the sound in the form of a word (from Greek onoma: name + poiein: to make).
This week we'll see five words coined by imitating the supposed sound of what is being described.
verb intr.: To make a humming or buzzing noise.
From Latin bombilare to (hum, buzz). Earliest documented use: 1600s.
"The entire building was bombilating like a cicada."
Matt Cantor; Some Cures for Noisy Neighbors; The Berkeley Daily Planet (California); Oct 9, 2008.
Explore "bombilate" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface; he, however, who would study nature in its wildness and variety, must plunge into the forest, must explore the glen, must stem the torrent, and dare the precipice. -Washington Irving, writer (1783-1859)
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