The prompt Linda chose for this week is: “onomatopoeia”.
What a fabulous word that is. It’s the kind of word you can say in public and feel really proud; clever, even. It’s right up there with tintinnabulation, prestidigitation, defenestration and verisimilitude as a long, impressive-sounding word that has a simple, almost mundane meaning.
According to the (on-line) Oxford Dictionary of British and World English, onomatopoeia means “The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. It came to English in the late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia ‘word-making’, from onoma, onomat-‘name’ + -poios ‘making’ (from poiein ‘to make’). There; how smart does that make me look; how learned and erudite do I seem, thanks only to my prowess with that irreplaceable duo of Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V?
We lost our ADSL modem in a thunderstorm on Wednesday. There had been some gentle rumbling in the far distance, which seemed to have faded into the nothingness from whence it came, so we didn’t unplug anything. Then, out of the blue (more accurately, out of the dull, overcast, varying shades of grey) there was an amazingly loud crack and the house did an Amy Winehouse and went back to black. To find out what happened next, you’ll have to read my other blog, Our parking space (on the Information Super-highway) tomorrow, 14 June, which also happens to be my birthday; but that’s for another day. Well, tomorrow, actually.
Back to the plot. My onomatopoeia for today is crack.
The word crack, in the English that we speak in England (the clue is in the name) has a number of definitions in the online OED; six as a noun, five as a verb and one as an adjective; of which only one verbal and one nounal form are onomatopoeic:
As a noun: A sudden sharp or explosive noise
As a verb : Make or cause to make a sudden sharp or explosive sound.
So, that’s it. There was an onomatopoeic crack, but the result wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, so I’d better get a crack on before I crack up!
This is my offering to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt word is ‘onomatopoeia’.
Here are the rules:
- Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
- Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
- There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
- Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
- Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
- Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
- Have fun!