Tag Archives: onomatopoeia


Sometime in your past – possibly high school, maybe even junior high – you learned that onomatopoeia is, as explained by the dictionary that’s never more than an arm’s length away from The Curmudgeon whenever he writes, “formation of words that imitate or suggest what they stand for, as cuckoo, plop, sizzle.”

The Curmudgeon recently thought of a new,  even better example of onomatopoeia:

“Andy Dick.”

Mini-Rumination: Stating the Obvious

So the people from the Pew foundations – in this case, some highfalutin’ no-think tank called the “Pew Internet & American Life Project” – have issued a report that shows that more and more people are using e-readers and tablets to read books.

Talk about stating the obvious.  What’s next, Pew?  A study finding that water is wet?  That illness eventually leads to death?  That the sun’ll come out tomorrow?

Pew:  these are foundation people who use their millions and billions – or, in the case of old-school foundations like Pew, other people’s money – to try to tell people how to live their lives.  We don’t need them for that; if we want to listen to people tell us what we should think or how we should act, we have our priests, our ministers, our rabbis, and our mullahs.  In addition, the people on talk radio and the bozos on Fox and MSNBC are always pretty ready to tell us what to do and how to act.

And let’s not forget our mothers, either.

Pew.  It’s sort of onomatopoetic, isn’t it?