When I watch TV with my closed captioned on, and sometimes there are words that I want to know what it means. My question is Are there some good sites that will help me what the Emotion or Expression words means ?

By emotion or expression words I mean words like Grr, Arrgh, scream, snore etc.

What are the term for that?

I am hearing impaired and sometimes there are a few words that I don't understand.

Like for example, when someone is mad we know what it is but there are some words that I have not heard before .

My first language is American Sign Language but I can write English ok.

  • I'm not clear what you mean by "Emotion or Expression word". Can you give an example of some such words. Do you mean "words" like "Grrr" or "Arrgh"?
    – James K
    Feb 4, 2021 at 21:27
  • Yes that sort of thing like Grr, Arrgh , scream , snore etv like a face expression but in words only
    Feb 4, 2021 at 22:59

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Of the words you give, snore and scream are perfectly regular words which are defined in dictionaries. Of course, the dictionary definition is written for hearing people. It is probably impossible to describe a sound to a profoundly deaf person who has never heard sound:

Snore is in the dictionary as "a snorting or grunting sound while asleep" I don't know if that helps. https://www.handspeak.com/word/search/index.php?id=2829

and scream is "long, loud, piercing cry or cries expressing extreme emotion or pain." (Lexico) https://www.handspeak.com/word/search/index.php?id=1898

The other examples, "Grrr" and "Arrgh" are representations of sounds that people make. Sometimes they get listed in regular dictionaries

Grrr: used to express anger or annoyance. (Lexico)

Argh: https://www.handspeak.com/word/search/index.php?id=6621

There is a dictionary of such interjections and exclamations https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/interjections/

  • Thank you ! That is what I am looking for. Those two words ( interjections and exclamations) are what I need to look it up for.
    Feb 5, 2021 at 4:24

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