Whoosh!

And here we are, a week into October. Where did the summer go? Where did the year go?

Did you hear the whoosh?

Whoosh is a fun sound. It’s also an onomatopoeia – a word that sounds like what it’s intended to mean.

These words can often help us communicate an idea with clarity. (Isn’t that really the intent of communication, after all?) You really can’t misinterpret a word like zap or screech!

They are usually action words, since they’re conveying the sound that something makes.

Can’t you just hear the buzzing bee? Or the books falling on the floor with a thump?

So, the next time you want to share information about, for example, a snake you encountered that made a loud threatening sound, explain that it hissed and the point will not be missed. When you dropped your phone in a sink full water, describe how your heart sunk when the phone splashed down and you knew it was all over.

You don’t necessarily need to know how to say or spell onomatopoeia. If you throw one in every once in a while, though, poof, your communication will be just that much clearer.

So, tick tock goes the clock. Soon we’ll be looking forward to sitting in front of a crackling fire as the rest of the year whizzes by.

Talk to you again soon! Whoop, whoop!

Related articles

Keep clam and proofread

**Bonus points if you see what I did there.** Words are more virtual now, which means a lot more of our words appear in print. Kind of ironic, right? That also means that typos, word misuse, or other “issues” are seen and recorded digitally for all of time. (You didn’t really think you could delete […]

Learn More

Try PATY for customer retention

True story: Went through the drive-through of a fast food restaurant. (Isn?t that how these stories always start?) While waiting at the window for my food ? after getting a very pleasant greeting of ?$9.71? (and literally no other words) from the restaurant?s employee ? I noticed a sign on his side of the window. […]

Learn More

The power of the unplugged word

What is the power of the unplugged word? Have you ever misinterpreted an email or text – or worse yet, not received the message at all – and decided that the sender must be mad at you? Have you sent countless messages back and forth, trying to clarify the intent or content of the original […]

Learn More