Does “ook” as onomatopoeia for the sound a monkey makes originate with Terry Pratchett?

I just recently ran into someone making the claim that the use of “ook” to represent the sound a monkey makes is a reference to the librarian from the Unseen University of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I can’t find any source that actually confirms this, but I can’t find any usages of the word that … Read more

Describing the sound of blood drops

I’m searching for a word describing the sound of blood drops falling on someone’s shoulder. I found some describing the sound of liquids hitting a surface, such as tap, splat, and tuck. I was going for splat but can you give me some other suggestions. Answer I would be surprised if a single blood drop … Read more

General verb for animal making sound

English language has different verbs for different species of animals making sound, many are onomatopoeias. But is there a general verb that can be applied to an unnamed animal? e.g., can I say “I heard an animal cry” (replace cry with the appropriate verb) when I can’t tell what animal is making this sound? Answer … Read more

Is “shh” a word and why?

Is shh a word? If it is, why is it a word? If it is not, why isn’t it a word? Answer Shh is a word. According to Merriam-Webster, a word is: a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of … Read more

Onomatopoeia for disgust

Are there any English onomatopoeias for disgust / loathe? What exclamations are commonly used to express repulsion? Something that could be used like: (___) dog shit. I loathe it! (some sound here) … to increase the expressiveness of the sentence? Answer The conventional exclamation for disgust is yuck (alternatively, yech); the Macmillan entry says it … Read more

What sound (Onomatopoeia) does big lights shutting off sound like

I’m writing a story about a paranormal tornado and the story starts at a basketball game, but when the lights shut off and the warning sirens start, I don’t know what sound effect (onomatopoeia) to use. Could you help me find something? Answer Assuming that the question is asking along the parameters that I believe … Read more

Is ‘Rumbling’ an example of an onomatopoeia?

Is the word ‘Rumbling’ considered to be an example of onomatopoeia? I know that the word ‘rumble’ is an onomatopoeia, but I am not sure if that applies to ‘rumbling’ as well. Answer I think that rumbling is an onomatopoeia hence the example of: "Thunder rumbling across the open sky." I also believe it can … Read more

Verb or phrase for “to make an onomatopoeia”

In the event that a common, recognized, and understood onomatopoeia for a sound does not already exist, how would you phrase the creation of an onomatopoeia for the sound? Essentially the word onomatopoeize would fit the bill, but I can’t find that in a dictionary. You can see examples of onomatopoeize being used online if … Read more