I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Onomatopoeia – sound effect words make storytelling live

Delores E. Topliff

Profound thanks to the Greeks for creating sound effect words. The term comes from two combined Greek words, onoma meaning “name” and poiein meaning “to make” or create words that sound like the action described. This post gleaned information from http://examples.yourdictionary.com/5-examples-of-onomatopoeia.html
Onomatopoeic words can be verbs or nouns. "Slap" is the sound heard when skin hits skin but also describes the action of hitting someone with an open hand. “Rustle” is the sound of dry things, like papers, brushing, but also describes the sound when they are moved around and brush each other. 
Here are examples for you to see, hear, and sound out. These words sound like water or liquid: splash, spray, sprinkle, squirt, drip, and drizzle.
These describe vocal sounds made in the back of the throat or by air passing over or through the lips, tongue, and teeth: Giggle, growl, grunt, gurgle, mumble, murmur, and chatter.
More describe the sounds of two or more objects colliding: bump, bang, cling, clank, clunk, clang, chop, click, clip, thud, thump, and clap.
Others describe air blowing through things or rushing through the air: flutter, swish, swoosh, whoosh, whiff, whizz, or whisper.
Distinctive identifying animal sounds include bark, bray, buzz, chirp, hiss, moo, oink, purr, quack, tweet, and warble. However, they are described differently in various parts of the world. For example, chickens may cluck, bok, tok, or kot.
Chug, puff, ding, dong, and buzz, are action words. We all know Alka Seltzer's successful slogan, “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.” In the U.S. and Canada, Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop, but in Spanish-speaking countries they go pim, pum, pam.
The Greeks created this word category gift to express life and fun. Let’s clap our appreciation and invent more sound words to capture the woofs, bangs, toots, cracks, crashes, snaps, and sizzles, that express life.
Now, please share your favorite onomatopoeia word or create your own.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Truisms - Pithy statements of obvious truth

Delores E. Topliff
Tru·ism - a statement that is obviously true but says nothing new or interesting. Synonyms for the term include platitude, cliché, banality. This post exists because I’ve thought up several lately, (guess how they occured): “You can hold a book in your hand but only read if your eyes are open.” “You can place a packet of vegetable seeds on garden soil but seeds only grow if they’re planted.”

A large number of truisms come from the Bible, Shakespeare, or politicians. Many are so well-known, people think they’re from the Bible when they are not. Common examples are, “You get what you pay for;” “Look before you leap”, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

This website provides 1001 truisms in alphabetical order. Find your favorites there. http://www.freewebs.com/1001truisms/truisms.htm
I’m not enclosing them in quote marks, but some easily recognized are: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies but one. A fool and his money are soon parted. A house divided against itself cannot stand. A job worth doing is worth doing well. Cross that bridge when you come to it.  Dead men tell no tales. Birds of a feather flock together. Blood’s thicker than water. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All’s fair in love and war. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An army marches on its stomach. Beauty and brains don’t mix. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is only skin deep. Beggars can’t be choosers. Better late than never. Better safe than sorry. Charity begins at home. Cheaters never prosper. Children should be seen and not heard. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Don’t make a federal case out of it. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
The number is almost endless, and they do sum up obvious truth. Listen for them today. Tell us your all-time favorite, or, invent and share your own.

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