from the Greeks: Onomatopoeia
Onomatopoeia is the use of words whose
pronunciation imitates the sound the word describes. "Buzz," for
example, when we say it out loud is intended to sound like the
noise from a flying insect.
Other examples: slam, bang, pow, screech, whirr,
crush, sizzle, crunch, wring, whimper, wrench, gouge, grind,
mangle, blam, pow, zap, fizz, urp, roar, growl, blip, click, and,
my favourites, snap, crackle, and pop.
Compare these two sentences to see the power
The flies bothered me in my tent last night.
The buzz and whirr of the flies bothered me in
my tent last night.
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