Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, of which the subject heading of this posting contains one example. (Often, m's & p's get mixed in as well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?
Joe Fineman (Email Removed)
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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, ... well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

Baby crying. mwa-hahaha.
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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, ... well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

I've always taken it to be "Diabolical and Maniacal Laugh by Evil Master with Nefarious Plan" probably accompanied by the twirl of a metaphorical moustache.
In other words, a rather "luzers" sort of cliché...

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On 06 Jan 2004 17:24:04 -0500, Joe Fineman (Email Removed) wrote, in part:
Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, ... well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

I've always read it as a laugh, of the evil-villain sort. ("Bwahahahaha! I will send more suicide bombers into densely populated areas then we'll drive them into the sea! Bwahahahaha!")
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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup ... world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

I've always read it as a laugh, of the evil-villain sort. ("Bwahahahaha! I will send more suicide bombers into densely populated areas then we'll drive them into the sea! Bwahahahaha!")

I first found it in Final Fantasy IV(?) in which the evil Kefka goes on like that for several screens.

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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, ... well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

Fiendish laughter. You can hear examples used by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, and by Kang the ET monster on "The Simpsons".

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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup ... world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

Baby crying. mwa-hahaha.

I still can't see it. The "mwa" spelling seems as unlikely as the "bwa" one. Still, I've never heard a dog say "woof" or "bow-wow" either.

Rob Bannister
Baby crying. mwa-hahaha.

I still can't see it. The "mwa" spelling seems as unlikely as the "bwa" one. Still, I've never heard a dog say "woof" or "bow-wow" either.

"hahaha" is often used, especially in the north of England, as a sarcastic way of saying "boo hoo hoo" but used to ridicule people crying (esp. children). I know one man in the North of England who used to beat his two boys whilst singing a song; the words went:
"Feet up,
pat him on the bo bo,
Let's hear him laugh,
ha ha ha ha haa."
Unfortunately that was the only verse of the song he knew, so he would repeat it incessantly during the period of the "jolly good spanking". "Bwa hahahaha" is a little less subtle in that the "Bwa" makes it more obvious that the author is referring to babyish bawling/sobbing. The subtelty probably didn't survive the journey across the atlantic!

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Every once in a while, somebody responds to a newsgroup posting with a mixture of labial consonants & open vowels, ... well as b's & w's.) What sound, in the nonverbal world, are such strings intended to suggest? Sputtering? Vomiting? Crying?

Much the same as ROTFLMAO, I should imagine.

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