How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy
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Neologism: Unomatopeia

As we all know, onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like what it represents. "Boom", "Bang", etc. Unomatopeia is when a word sounds like what it represents if only what it represented had a sound.

For example: "The cute little sparrow poinged around the sidewalk looking for breadcrumbs." A sparrow hopping makes absolutely no noise, yet "poing" is exactly the noise it would make if sparrows jumping made noise.

"He lurped at her from across the bar," is another one. When we describe someone as "lurpy", there's a vivid sound to that that describes exactly that sort of… lurpy behavior.

Unomatopeia deserves to enter the vernacular.
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