Playing With Words


“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

I love words.  I like the sound of them, I like to see them written down and I like to see them used by others in different ways and I just like playing with them.

Today, from somewhere in the back of this elderly brain, came the word Onomatopoeia.  I am sure you know what it means but my dictionary defines it as – “The formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss.”

So after playing around for a time I came up with this –


Actors mumble

Birds flutter

Cats purr

Dogs bark

Eagles swoosh

Friends chatter

Guns boom

Harnesses jangle

Insensitives belch

Jellies squish

Kites swoosh

Lovers whisper

Mothers murmur

Noses sniff

Orchestras zing

Pigs snort

Queens giggle

Rain drips

Snakes hiss

Trains rumble

Unicorns whoosh

Victors roar

Water laps

Xylophones twang

Yaks shuffle

Zealots blare.

So what can you add?  I am sure you can come up with many others.  But it was an interesting way to spend an hour today.

Until tomorrow then.


29 responses to “Playing With Words

  1. Good one, Judith. I don’t know if you’ve ever read any Edgar Allan Poe–his poetry is a goldmine of onomatopoeia and the best example is this poem, The Bells. It’s amazing the way he chooses words that capture the sounds of the different bells and also impact the pacing so that you get the feel of how the different bells ring–read it out loud:


    • Thanks Thomas. I do read Poe occasionally but have never come across that poem. Very clever use of words. And I did read it out loud to my Tibetan Spaniel who is a good judge of poetry – well she looked to be smiling as I read it.


  2. Wonderful! I love words, too.


  3. Fabulous, I love words, the way they sound, what they mean, how they look on paper, in script, and on the screen.


  4. For someone who hated English classes growing up, I enjoy a good round of the game of Scrabble. I do cheat alittle by going on a site that finds words with the letters I have, but I enjoy looking up some of the words and finding their meanings. I always feel smarter, but ask me in about a week what the meaning of a word is that I looked up and I couldn’t tell ya. I have NO memory skills what so ever.


  5. That’s a darn near perfect list Judith!


  6. Loved this post. I think my favorite one was “Insensitives Belch.” Made me laugh. Have a wonderful day!


  7. jacquelincangro

    My hat’s off to you. An impressive sound poem. Thanks for brightening my day!


  8. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. “

    Thanks for your kind words today, Judith


  9. I posted about “what is your favourite word” on International Literacy Day and the responses were all unique.

    Great list of words suggesting sense Judith.


  10. I like playing around with words too, especially when they turn out well, like your alphabetic list! (not that I’ve ever done anything quite that well).


    • Come now Patti I am sure that isn’t true. My love of words and the English language was passed on to my sisters and me by our Father. Thanks for the comment. 🙂


  11. What a clever idea and poem! 🙂


  12. Onomatopoeia … Oh la la! 🙂


  13. I like playing with words. By the way, A friend told me about favoritewords dot com, it’s different but I like it, actually, so I decided to post about it here because it’s relevant to mention.


    • Thank you for the comment. I am so behind in reading and responding to comments as we are in the process of moving house. However, I will go over to and have a look. 🙂


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