Onomatopoeia


Onomatopoeia (on-o-mat-o-pee’-a): Using or inventing a word whose sound imitates that which it names (the union of phonetics and semantics).

His stomach went ooga-goosh when he swallowed the wriggling baby octopus. It was terrible how it hugged his tongue before it slid into oblivion, moving around for a few minutes in his stomach and then going quiet.

He was a staunch Christian and felt he had committed some kind of sin related to eating living creatures. But then he realized live baby octopus  was on the menu. “It can’t all bad if it’s on the menu.” It was the same thought he had had the night before in the lobby of the brothel as he was reading the menu of recreational activities offered, and their prices. He went for “Down on Your Knees” since it required a posture, and afforded a degree of pleasure, not unlike that of praying.

“Life is good,” he thought, as he tossed another little wriggling octopus into his mouth. “Mmmm.”

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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