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    onomatopoeia

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    Roy used "onomatopoeia" (=Lautmalerei) in the thread on "whippoorwill". Is this word generally understood by native English speakers or is it a technical term mostly known by linguists?
    VerfasserStefan12 Apr. 02, 21:58
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    It's not usually a word you throw around on a daily basis, but I think it would probably be understood. They would likely at least touch on it in high school (if you were paying attention). You might have to look it up every few years to refresh your memory as to meaning.
    #1VerfasserRES-can12 Apr. 02, 22:35
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    Yes. It's one of those words that seems to be "everybody's favorite big word". The other one in this category that comes to mind is "oxymoron". Oxymoron ought to be rarer, but it became known, perhaps for its exotic appearance, and now it's more well-known than would otherwise be the case. At least, that's my theory about it. Certainly you'd be hard-pressed to talk about poetry or animal names and sounds without using "onomatopoeia".
    #2VerfasserPeter13 Apr. 02, 02:05
     
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