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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Visual onomatopoeia

Ewen's got me thinking now. Are there any words that look like their meaning? Hmmm, I know that there are basically two ways of processing language. Most people see or feel the object/meaning/emotion in their head and then associate a word with it. Less commonly, people actually see words in their head. I have heard that some savants associate letters or numbers as images in their head, so a certain number or word forms a "picture" in their head. But this doesn't necessarily translate to what the word means. I'd love to look into this a lot further, but I don't really have the time right now. If anyone can think of anything, I'd love to know.

I think the onomatopoeic word for "the wheels falling off" is clunk.

I am considering taking up hockey again next year. I'm just trying to work out if the two sports are compatible. Running a half marathon or more the day after a premier league game might not be all that much fun, especially if I play midfield where there is more running. If I play fullback, then there is always more opportunity to get hit by balls/sticks which mightn't be too good for running either. Add to that the fact that I always used to get injured a lot more in hockey than in running and it doesn't sound all that appealing.

Went for a short run last night to loosen up the legs and it seems to have done the trick. The DOMS is a lot better today.


Tesso said...

What picture do you get in your head from the 'word' DOMS? Or sound?

Ewen said...

DOMS to me, looks painful. It's one syllable, sharp like a needle, and all those capitals just shouting at you!

I have a picture of stiff-legged person walking slowly across a room to answer the phone, to find it's yet another bloody call from India.

Black Knight said...

My bones (the broken rib) learned not to play rugby before a running race.

Luckylegs said...

DOMS ....I see a colour : blackness, darkness etc..

rguzzo said...

I may have found one.

It is Swedish for pleasure.