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08/02/2013 08:19 am ET

12 Onomatopoeias From Around The World

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Boom! Clang! Splat! English is full of onomatopoeia—words that sound like the noises things make. But the words don't reproduce those noises exactly. They are language-conditioned versions of those noises. They have to fit the patterns of English, and they have to be learned. Other languages have their own ways of representing sounds in the world. Here are 12 wonderfully evocative onomatopoeias from around the world.

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