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The History of Onomatopoeia

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Duncan Waanders

on 24 September 2014

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The History of Onomatopoeia
...with Onomatopia here and an Onomatopia there...
As you can see there are a lot of Onomatopoeias
Comic Books
A ancient language that evolved into most of today's languages.
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"Onomatopoeia: The formation of a word by a imitation of the sound associated with the thing or action designated." (OED)

By Duncan Waanders
Late Latin
The language of the late Western Roman Empire.
Comic Books
MacDonald's Farm
The song "Old Macdonald" has a lot of examples of animal onomatopoeia including oink, quack, moo, and many more.
Comic books are a great place to find examples. Almost every action in comic books has a onomatopoeia accompanying it.
Each onomatopoeia makes us think of a different thing. For Example BOOM! makes us think of an explosion while BOING! makes of think of a spring.
During Onomatopoeia's Life
Entered the English in the 1570's coming from the Late Latin word
Late latin took it from Greek: onomatopoiía
Onomatopoiía combines the Greek word, onoma, which means name and the Proto-Indo-European word, poiein, which means to make or compose
The greek word onoma became the English word name and can be seen in autonomous.

The Proto-Indo-European word poiein became the word poet.
Late Latin:
Since onomatopoeia was added to the English language in 1570 a lot has changed even though it was added after Modern English had begun. The biggest change was William Shakespeare who is credited with 2,000 words. The expansion of the English Empire also caused changes to English. New technology from the Industrial Revolutions and technology expanding in the 1900's also caused significant change to English.
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