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    Red face Sound words

    Hey all
    Not sure whether 'sound words' is the correct term, but is it acceptable to use them to indicate the sound affect of an action?
    I.e : 'With a 'whoosh' the grisly monstrosity suddenly appeared behind Dorian...
    I.e: '...Ayla turned just in time as the uprooted elm fell to the ground with a great 'thump'.
    If this is not correct, then how would I indicate an action of sound?
    Being a novice, I know that I stil have so much to learn and would gladly accept ANY advice that I can get.
    Thanks



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    Sound effects that are heard? Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. Zoooooooooooom. Gulp! Busy bee flew from her nest into the garden where she devoured a delicious ant. Mmmmmm.

    Seriously, though. There's a word to describe what you're referring to but I'm at a loss for it momentarily. Starts with o and it depicts sounds of speech.

    Cartoonists also use exclamatory words and if you've read comic books, I'm sure you'll see some there. BAM! POW! ZOIKS!

    Here's a link:

    http://examples-of-onomatopoeia.com/
    Last edited by Belinda T.; 06-24-2011 at 07:09 AM.

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    onomata... onomato... onoma... dang, it's on the tip of tongue.

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    Onomatopoeia - I confess. I googled.

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    Thanks ladies, but I still need to know whether it's acceptable to use sound words-p.s thanks for the link,wil check it out A.S.A.P...

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    Jay-Jay,

    Of course. Sounds words are great.

    You can even separate them from direct sound descriptions, like you have in your examples, and just mingle the sound sounds with the action.

    Ayla turned just in time as the uprooted elm thumped to the ground.
    The grisly monstrosity whooshed behind Dorian.

    Have fun with it.

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    Why on Ghod's Green Earth would you think it wasn't acceptable? Or are you writing for a class? If so, remember that what you learn in academentia will have little if anything to do with how things work in The Real World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Zeff View Post
    If so, remember that what you learn in academentia will have little if anything to do with how things work in The Real World.
    Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C K View Post
    Jay-Jay,

    Of course. Sounds words are great.

    You can even separate them from direct sound descriptions, like you have in your examples, and just mingle the sound sounds with the action.

    Ayla turned just in time as the uprooted elm thumped to the ground.
    The grisly monstrosity whooshed behind Dorian.

    Have fun with it.
    Thanxs C.K-I was just not sure whether its an acceptable usage....

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    Jay-Jay,

    Sorry to put this here, but I can't PM you for some reason. I'm just not up into forum friending, completely a philosphical thing, nothing personal. Of course, I would be honored to be friendly with you outside of this friending business.

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