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Onomatopoeia 02
In the sentence that follows the onomatopoeia are in capital letters: People watching the fireworks ROARED and CHEERED.

Onomatopoeia 02

Onomatopoeic words sound like their meanings. An example is the whooshing wind because the wind sometimes makes a sound like "whooooosh"!

Do you want to make your writing really atmospheric? Some well-chosen onomatopoeia might be just what your writing needs. Perhaps for suspense you need a little "crackle", or maybe for a bit of a shock, you might need a "shriek"! A "splat" is always good for comedy, a "dribble" for pathos or disgust, and an "ooze" can be downright horrifying.

Try not to always choose the well-worn words like "crash", "smash", "whistling" and "babbling". See if you can collect interesting examples of onomatopoeia to use in your writing and try to be aware of the different qualities each of these words has so that you can express exactly the sound you want in order to achieve the effect you're aiming for.

See if you can whoosh through this quiz all about onomatopoeia!

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1.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
Voice 1: "....... ......." Voice 2: "Who's there?"
hello hello
knock knock
rap rap
tap tap
Voice 1: "Dr!" Voice 2: "Dr Who?" Jokes use onomatopoeia too!
2.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The children sang "....... ....... black sheep".
baa baa
moo moo
quack quack
woof woof
Nursery rhymes often use onomatopoeia, as in "ding dong bell"
3.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The tennis ball ....... past the spectators' heads.
journeyed
travelled
went
whizzed
"Whizzed" is the sound the ball makes as it travels through the air
4.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The leaky tap ....... all night.
dripped
started
stopped
was on
Watery onomatopoeic words include "drip", "glug" and "splash"
5.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The people watching the display ....... and.....
arrived, left
came, went
come, go
roared, cheered
The "roars" and "cheers" are the sounds of the crowd
6.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The fireworks ....... and ....... high up in the sky.
lit up, died
screeched, crackled
travelled, disappeared
went up, stopped
"Screech" and "crackle" express two very different sounds fireworks make
7.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The car horns ....... in the traffic jam.
are
beeped
played
were
"Blared" and "blazed" are other possibilities here
8.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The player ....... the ball across the tennis court.
hit
pushed
put
whacked
"Whacked" tells us that the player hit the ball hard
9.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The tennis ball ....... over the net.
hit
was
went
zoomed
"Zoomed" sounds like the very fast action of the ball
10.
Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
The sausages ....... in the frying pan.
are
cooked
sizzled
were
Onomatopoeia for cooking includes "burst", "crackled" and "spit"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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