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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.

5 comments:

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.
nöje

It is Swedish for pleasure.