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I loved saying onomatopoeia as a young girl, imagining all of the words I could say that would imitate the sound they represented.

As soon as I heard the word onomatopoeia last week on Wisconsin Public Radio, my thoughts turned to sixth grade. My favorite teacher, Mrs. Bristor, gave us the task making a grammar magazine. We each had parts of speech to describe, commas and question marks to place into context and illustrate with faces and clothing.  I still have my magazine, with its faded green construction paper cover and yellowed pages. It is safely packed in a box with doily valentines and old report cards and other remnants of my childhood.

I listened to the program, A Way With Words, with its lively conversation about modern onomatopoeic words that have emerged in our technological era. Words like pew pew for lasers and brring brring for phone rings, and I wondered what other words there were in this new age, sounding like what they are. Do you know any?

You can listen to the program here, as well as find other Way With Words discussions that you might find interest.

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