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Origin of "oontz"

I saw the word here and there and inferred (correctly) that it must signify a mechanical beat in music. Anything known about the origin (which surely can't be older than techno - note that the word ...
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What onomatopoeia for cat steps would be clear for English speaker?

I need a word to imitate a series of light steps, to indicate that some small creature is walking - a cat, a little child or a small dog. I used 'Top-top-top-top-top' for that, but it seems not to be ...
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Can I use the onomatopoeic word 'tsuh' to mean disapproval?

Can I use the onomatopoeic word 'tsuh'? Not sure of its existence, I literally googled 'tsuh' to see if it was even a word. What I had in mind was a kind of exaggerated tongue click that one does as a ...
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What is the word that describes “the sound of a wood kindling”?

Each language has specific onomatopoeias. I have not yet learned English words of that kind well. In Japanese the sound of a wood kindling is described like ぼっ/bɔ/. I’d like to know how the sound is ...
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About the inhaling noise you make when you think of something

A paralanguage question. How do you spell(I’m not sure how to put it into a word; maybe “the ‘tsssp’ sound?”) the noise you make inhaling through your clenched teeth when you think of something? Does ...
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Starting with an onomatopoeia? [closed]

Is it okay to start with an onomatopeia and after that use an uppercase letter ? E.g: "Tum...Tum...Tum" The sound of ...
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How to tell apart a long "oh" and a long "oo"?

In this comic there's a long "ooooooh" at the end. How can I tell if it's a long "oh" (/o/) or a long "oo" (/uː/)? I thought it could be the 'h', but I don't think I've never seen "ooooooo" anywhere....
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Are there verbs that means "emitting a sound"?

I am not sure if there are slang verbs that allows you to say "emit a sound" in a shorter and more conversational way. A verb like that would be useful when you tell jokes or want to have some form of ...
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How can I describe the sound when an apple hits the floor?

In my story there is a scene where someone uses magic to drop an apple to the ground. What word can I use to describe that? Edit: Since some people have asked me to clarify a bit, the scene goes like ...
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How to describe the sound of the piano when its keys are pressed randomly

I'm describing a scene in which the father picks up the kid and puts her on the piano. While doing it, a random sound comes out of the piano because some keys were randomly pressed by the kid's body. ...
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How to mimic sound of a trumpet in English?

How to mimic trumpet sound in English? I expect something like: Too-too-too-too-toooooom! Too-too-too-toom! Too-too-too-toooooo-toooooo-toom! Is it correct?
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My shoes 'make a funny sound' when I walk

I was reviewing the words I wrote down from movies when I came across the word squech and I had two example written next to it, one from a movie and the other probably from a reading. I remember the ...
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Is this onomatopoeia ok?

Is this onomatopoeia ok? I could hear the tree nuts tinkling in the wind. What other possibilities come to mind?
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pitter-pat -- meaning?

Example with a context: Here's a possibility. Desires, at the very least, seem to be, at least in typical cases, very closely tied to a series of emotions. You get excited when you're playing chess ...
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Translate "héhé" to English

I know that's a really weird question but really interesting I think. In French, we say héhé when we're kindly (like a friend would do) making fun of someone or something. We could also replace it by ...
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A word for a light thud that a letter makes when dropped into the wooden mailbox

What is the word for a light thud that a letter makes when dropped into a wooden mailbox?
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