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What on earth is onomatopoeia?

1. the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it 

2. the use of words whose sound suggests the sense



Onomatopoeia is also seen in some of your favorite superhero comics, and even in television shows like Tom and Jerry!



Onomatopoeia Lesson

Check out this teachers short lesson on onomatopoeia.

Here's an easy song to help you learn about onomatopoeia!


Songs with onomatopoeia

Many songs that we know and love contain multiple examples of onomatopoeia. Here is a list of songs. In your spare time, listen to them and see if you can pick out the onomatopoeic words!

~Old McDonald

~Hoedown Throw down- Miley Cyrus

~Firework- Katy Perry

~Boom Boom Pow- Black Eyed Peas

~The Which is Dead- The Munchkins (The Wizard of Oz)

~Sleigh Ride- The Ronettes

~Super Bass- Nicki Minaj


Scared of onomatopoeia? Don't be! Even Tigger enjoys it.

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