This may be one of my favorite prompts so far. Mostly because I love sound sounds or onomatapoeias. Salsanpeeps shared some good ones:
I think I like all water-related words like plop, ploop, schloop. Plunk is good. A dink is a good baseball one. Maybe the word “tinker” also? Could be onomotapoetic. Thpbhthbthpt…. the spitting sound is a fun one. There are a lot of good ones.
I think what appeals to me about this type of word is that they aren’t really words at all. And just like the spitting sound above, I can come up with my own words when I need.
I’ve heard that sound and smell memories can be some of the strongest. This may be why those veterans we honor in the US today sometimes have trouble with fireworks and other sounds that bring back things they experienced in war. While these aren’t the types of memories that I want to stir up, it does prove that these memories are strong.
I think back to my own childhood. “Schick, chick,” of a whisk against a bowl, “phfiiiiiiiiirl” of a hot tub turning on, and “fiiiissss” of a sprinkler shooting water all stir up happy memories for me. I think children may relate to these sounds as well.
Like most other things in writing, if done right, onomatopoeias offer another way to connect with readers. So, I’m listening closely.
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