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Blogging A – Z Challenge 2021: O Is For Onomatopoeia (Oh Brother!)

Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22352 – 817:

Here’s the haps:

Order of operations, octopus, orange, orangutan, onomatopoeia, outside, okay, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, origami, original, opulent, octagon, Oh bother, Ottowa, Oconomowoc, oh brother, oh boy, oy vey iz mir!

Today’s letter, if you have been on track the whole month so far (As I have. So far.) in the Blogging A – Z Challenge is O. I confess that I was just not feeling it. I even asked people, “Give me a word or phrase that starts with ‘O’” and the above paragraph is a partial list of what I got although there were a lot I couldn’t remember. Well, except for onomatopoeia. I had decided earlier that I wanted to use it but the challenge to myself was that I would use it only if I could spell it so I wrote it down on a piece of paper and then typed it in and double-checked it. Yup! I had it spelled right.

Anyway, I just wasn’t really feeling it tonight but yet I really wanted to do this challenge thing right. So, according to Merriam-Webster:

Definition of onomatopoeia

1: the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (such as buzz, hiss)also: a word formed by onomatopoeia…“onomatopoeia,” Dictionary, Accessed 4/17/2021.

So, when you see the old Batman (Adam West is the only Batman for me.) shows from the sixties where they have the effects like, “Sock,” “Wham,” “Bang,” “Pow,” etc. it is an example of onomatopoeia. Bark, Woof, clip-clop, fizz, and many others are all examples of it.

Remember, the Good Book says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”


33 responses to “Blogging A – Z Challenge 2021: O Is For Onomatopoeia (Oh Brother!)”

  1. peanutbuttersandwiches_ Avatar

    Great post- and cool quote!! I like it. ;D

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you!

  2. Bruce Goodman Avatar

    In all the universe that O word is one of the few I can never spell – along with vehcile (that car thing on the road)

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s okay. A lot of people say aminal instead of animal.

      1. Bruce Goodman Avatar

        chimley instead of chimney gets me!

        1. Herb Avatar

          Have you ever heard anyone say ambliance for ambulance?

          1. Bruce Goodman Avatar


  3. pendantry Avatar

    Whoever coined that unspellable word missed a trick: it includes the sound ‘pee’; what it should include is the sound ‘piss’, so as to be self-referencing. That is to say, instead of ”onomatopoeia’ it should be ‘on-a-mat-I-piss-here’.

    1. Herb Avatar

      That would be easier to remember.

  4. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

    Quite oxymoronic, the letter “O”!

    1. Herb Avatar


  5. haoyando Avatar

    Wow, what a wonderful word — onomatopoeia. I wonder if “chop” qualify. Chop sounds like the chopping sound. LOL. I think humming is definitely one.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yes, chop and hum are both good examples.

  6. dumbestblogger Avatar

    Nananananana Batman! Still the best.

    1. Herb Avatar

      He was so upright. One time he made Robin put a nickel in the meter. Robin said, “But nobody’s going to ticket the Batmobile.” And Batman taught him about being a good citizen and a good example.

      1. dumbestblogger Avatar

        Love it.

  7. AJMcGregor Avatar

    Kids love this figure of speech because it’s so easy to remember. You’re doing well with your challenge.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you! Yes, kids do like it.

  8. Amber Avatar


    1. Herb Avatar

      Yes! Good! Just like that!

  9. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    That’s a good AtoZ–Words no one can spell. Onomonopia (sp?) and Worchester (sp?) qualify.

    1. Herb Avatar

      lol. Not only can’t spell but unpronouncable english words having English origins are extra points, I think, lol.

  10. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

    Darn and I thought you would say that O stood for Ohh! I guess there’s always next year. However Onomayopia is a great word. especially for Batman
    Laugh Make folks wonder what the joke is

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, I almost did because it’s a lot easier to spell.

  11. bekitschig Avatar

    Team West for sure!!!

    1. Herb Avatar


      1. Herb Avatar

        Never mind. I was having a brain cramp.

  12. bekitschig Avatar

    Fizz them away. Adam West all the way 😉

    1. Herb Avatar

      lol. Yes. Thant’s what I figured out a few minutes later.

  13. Petra Avatar

    Onomatopoia is one of my favourites in poems if done right

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s a real good idea.

  14. J P Avatar

    This is on the list words I almost never use and which require much trial and error in spelling. But you got it the first time, so Boom!

    1. Herb Avatar

      I love spelling and knowing words like this can come in handy at times.

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