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.”


  1. 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’.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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