I can’t exactly recall which of my children was in kindergarten when I heard this, but there was a song taught about Annie who loved to scream. The song was designed to teach budding readers the short ‘a’ sound. So in the song, “Annie said Aaaaaa…”
Can’t remember the rest of it.
It’s a Scream
In case you forgot, this month I'm talking about Onomatopoeia for the #AtoZChallenge blogging challenge. If you've stumbled on this blog and don't know anything about the challenge, it's when several bloggers (an average of about 1500 to be non-exact) challenge themselves to write a blog post every day starting with each letter of the alphabet. Twenty-six letters, 26 days. Except Sundays. Mostly. Oh, just go to their website and find out the details, will ya? But hurry back!
If, however, you've come here from the Blogging A to Z Challenge website, then you probably know all about it and the paragraph above was a complete waste of your reading time.
For which I am deeply sorry.
Ahem, now where was I?
The fun thing about Onomatopoeia is that there’s really no one way to spell a sound. The more letters you add, the longer the sound will be and the more emphasis it will have. Maybe it’s just a quick surprise:
Sometimes it goes all the way across a picture book spread.
And Sometimes it fills a whole page!
Of Course, a and h aren’t the only letters that can participate in a scream.
There’s a cry of pain:
A cry of disgusted surprise:
And a cry of frustration:
Or rage (which is sometimes the same thing):
Actually this scream enjoys quite a few spelling variations and letter additions. According to one website, the a and the r get some creative attention:
So if your character needs to let out a scream, don’t be afraid of adding a few extra A’s - or other letters - for emphasis. But what do you think about it, Cowboy?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)