At least, according to http://www.writtensound.com/index.php, a dictionary of "onomatopoeia and words of imitative origin."
I've always been pretty bad at onomatopoeia. Sounds like bang and clang, tick-tock and clackety-clack I can handle just fine, but when sound descriptions get complicated, I get buried in a jumble of letters that remind me of this:
So, once I got stumped on how to describe shuffling a deck of cards, I looked up an onomatopoeia dictionary! Not perfect, but definitely helpful for the onomatopoeia-challenged, like me. Some interesting sounds?
- vwomp or floovb - the bad tire of a car
- kish-kish - ice skates
- nnneeaoowww - a propellor plane
- schhwaff - a flying arrow
Do I agree with all the sounds up there? No, but it's a good place to start. And what did I finally choose for shuffling cards? Thith-thith-thith-thith.
What are your thoughts on these imitative words? Do you like them, or do they drive you crazy? Any interesting sounds that deviate from the usual bams and thuds?