What Does the Fox Say?
What is onomatopoeia? According to the vocabulary.com website, the term, onomatopoeia, refers to a very specific process of word making: an attempt to capture the sound of something in words. Frequently, people get onomatopoeia mixed up with interjections. Interjections belong to the group known as the eight parts of speech. They’re characterized by a sudden outburst of emotion like “wow” or “ouch”. Onomatopoeias attempt to reproduce the quality of a sound using words: bang, swoosh, thud, clunk, buzz, wham, blub, glop, slurp.
Using Onomatopoeia in Content Marketing
You can use onomatopoeia in content marketing to add oomph to sales copy. Think about it. You could talk about how much passive income people will make using your affiliate program and emphasize it by using the word, ca-ching, to denote cash flowing into their accounts.
If you’re a web developer, you could use the word “rev” or “zoom” in your sales copy: My coding and web development expertise will make your website zoom past all the others in your niche. Get your website revved up today by giving me a call!
Examples of Onomatopoeia
- The dog tends to bark when strangers come to the door.
- The vixen’s stilettos clacked on the tile floor.
- Please cover your mouth if you’re going to cough.
- Juan gargled Listerine and then threw up.
- That cat is going to keep meowing until you feed it.
- The cow mooed at the little boy, making him scream.
- The duck quacked when I threw him some breadcrumbs.
- Demi Moore has a sexy, raspy voice.
- Gentlemen, your engines revved before I said, “Go!”
- The bird tweeted and Twitter copied that sound without permission.
- The rock whizzed through the air and hit the giant in the forehead.
- My car zoomed past the other ladies heading to the shoe sale.
- The fish went blub when he was out of water.
- The paintball splattered against the principal’s hard head.
- All that jewelry will jangle during the church service.
- Her cellphone buzzed during the black tie affair, causing heads to turn (and not in a good way).
- The sword went swoosh as Ned Stark swung it through the air.
For more ideas, you can check out this onomatopoeia word list. Or, you could watch this amazing video about what the fox says. Although it’s not meant to teach onomatopoeia, these two young men do a great job of getting the point across. Afterward, comment and let me know what you think the fox says. By the way, this video is my new favorite…I know I’m weird, but that’s part of what makes me sparkle.
Have you used onomatopoeia in your content marketing or in other copy? Share it with us. We love hearing about your creative sparkle!