What’s that word, ‘Otto Matta’s Pia,’ where the word is the sound that it makes?

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Pendulum goes with tic-tocking,

so slowly flows the swaying wand,

click clocking time, it moves along,

and the sad slow song, sing along…

Clip clopping, horse’s hoofing gone,

cold only on the cobbled clods,

splish-splashing puddle’s rhythm’s wrong,

I’m swaying where the gong belongs…ding dong.

And yesterday’s word: Antonomasia.

8 Answers


    Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents.

    also imitative harmony


    splash, wow, gush, kerplunk

    Such devices bring out the full flavor of words. Comparison and association are sometimes strengthened by syllables which imitate or reproduce the sounds they describe. When this occurs, it is called onomatopoeia (a Greek word meaning name-making “), for the sounds literally make the meaning in such words as “buzz,” “crash,” “whirr,” “clang” “hiss,” “purr,” “squeak,” “mumble,” “hush,” “boom.” Poe lets us hear the different kinds of sounds made by different types of bells in his famous poem “The Bells.” His choice of the right word gives us the right sound when he speaks of “tinkling” sleigh bells; “clanging” fire bells; mellow “chiming” wedding bells; “tolling,” “moaning,” and “groaning” funeral bells.

    Tennyson makes us feel the heaviness of a drowsy summer day by using a series of “in” sounds in the wonderfully weighted lines:

    The moan of doves in immemorial elms,

    And murmuring of innumerable bees.

    Countless examples of association of ideas and imitation of sounds may be found in this volume. Two of the most striking and dramatic are Vachel Lindsay’s “The Congo” and G. K. Chesterton’s “Lepanto”. No poems written in our time are richer in vivid colors, galloping rhythms, and constantly varying sound effects.

  • Antidisestablishmentarianism. This word means Establishment.

  • Thisun hyere is kyute.

    Remines me of tha Big Bopper…

    Splish-Slash I wuz takin a baff,

    Along bout a Saddidy night…..

    Elaine: don’t wanna fergitit

  • Smiling and laughing out loud. An excellent demonstration of that ona matta ᴘᴇᴇa — ahhh, ғᴀԍeddaboudit!

  • I’m coming back to this… I have a bit of Magic to comfort.

    Lessons are GOOD!

  • onomatopoeia – e.g, buzzzzz

    You wanna know the world’s most monosyllabic palindromic onomatopoetic sound?


  • lub dub, lub dub, lub dub dub, = arrythmia…sorry, bad nurse’s joke…

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