I know what onomatopoeia means and some examples like buzz and hiss.

But, are the following words examples of it:

bellows, roar, shot, mince

Hoping someone can help me. Thanks in advance.
I think 'onomatopoeia' is one, too.
First, onomatopoeia is the imitation of a sound; therefore, while your first three examples could well be onomatopoetic, 'mince' is certainly not. Another way to check is to look at the etymology of the word, and you will find that 'mince' comes from the Latin minutia, 'smallness'.

I would guess that there is a broad vague area between onomatopoetic and nononomatopoetic words, where the roots disappear into OHG or Indo-European without quite sounding like the action, yet maintaining a certain resemblance. Since in many cases pronunciation changes drastically over etymological evolution, what seems similar to the sound to us may not have to our linguistic forebears.
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PBS has a really cute video demo on onomatopoeia. Too bad I can't find it online.Emotion: sad
There is a fascinating article on Sound Symbolism at:


In one sentence, the thesis is:
The sound was not, in his [Humbolt's] view, a directly imitative sign but a sign which indicated a quality which the sign and the object have in common; to designate objects, language selected sounds which partly independently and partly in comparison with others produce an impression which to the ear is similar to that which the object makes upon the mind.
Bellows, roar, shot, mince. Among the four, "roar" would be of onomatopoeic origin. "Shoot" would has some possibility of onomatopoeic origin.

Typical onomatopoeic verbs are bang, beep, bubble, bump, clash, clasp, click, dabble, dazzle, drag, drizzle, drop, drum, fumble, glitter, grumble, grudge, jump, kick, knack, splash, sprinkle, trot, tumble, whip, twinkle, whirl, whisper, etc.

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Hi Penny

I'm currently doing the same course you are (assuming your question has arisen from assignment 2/book 3 of the TED Editing and Proofreading course) and I found your post while researching the question.

Roar was the only one I could find in this passge also. Considering they have asked the question in the plural, suggesting there is more than one example of onomatopoeia, I am now wondering if they have mis-interpreted the word and are referring instead to the heavy use of capitalisation. How confusing...

Anyway, given that your post is a few months old now, I suppose you have already submitted your assignment and would have your results already. I'm going with 'roar' and hope it is enough...

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