The Onomatopoeization Effect


It seems like a lot of words these days are starting to sound exactly like they mean. Is this a real trend? When given a choice, humans tend to favor words which sound like their meaning. This creates an evolutionary advantage for such words.


If I’m on the battlefield and I have to decide between saying “Attack!” and “Let’s sally forth!” you can pretty much see where that’s going.


The “ooo” sound causes one to pucker the lips and is often heard just before a word like “smooch” or “hooch.”


Also, each word itself is imbued with certain onomatopoetic qualities or possibilities which we then amplify to meet the needs of the moment. And so like facts, we can manipulate words to serve our own exigencies.