Flabellate. It’s an adjective meaning “fan-shaped.” Merriam-Webster and LACMA are playing a “match the word with the picture” game this week on Twitter, and it’s a much pleasanter distraction from certain daily horrors than the other daily distractions we’ve been getting from said horror-makers on Twitter. Other highlights from the game: kinker and natiform. What will tomorrow bring?
I may have found my favorite onomotopoeia.
Borborygmus is a fancy word for stomach rumbling. It may not sound so much like an onomotopoeia if you hear the high female voice on wordsmith.org pronounce it, but just pretend it’s being said by Clarence “Frogman” Henry and you’ve got something crazy going on in your gut. Actually, I think Clarence “Frogman” Henry could make any word sound like an onomotopoeia for stomach rumbling, but you and I and the other guy should go with borborygmus.
Today’s word is actually a compound onomatopoeia. It is my favorite onomatopoeia, I think. I have known this onomatopoeia since I was a small child. It is:
SNAP PLOOBADOOF. This is the noise that Wonder Woman’s bra makes when she takes it off. Sometimes I do confuse this with “FLABADAP,” but that is of course the noise Rapunzel’s hair makes when she unfurls it. I’d like to thank Doug Gilford for finally making a dictionary of Don Martin’s onomotopoeiae (is that correct? I went to California public schools) as found in Mad Magazine. If you want to know the meaning of:
- ZAT (one of my earliest cartoon memories, thank you; I believe I was four years old when I first encountered this word)
- SHIF-SHAF SHABAMP MAMP SHOMPAH-BOMBAH DIMPAH MIMPAH FOMP-DABOMP! GADIFF-GADIFF GADAFF GADAFF GASMITCH GASMATCH KABOFF FAPADDA DAPADDA SWIPADDA DIPADDA FAP SPMAP GAMOP
you should just go to Doug’s site. Well done, sir.