One time, I tried to explain to my kids what dialup used to sound like. They are so used to the silent almost instant internet connection, that explaining the series of sounds a computer would make while connection to the internet - from the dial tone to fax machine static - felt like I was an alien from outer space trying to describe time travel.
With each advancement of technology, certain onomatopoeia has become obsolete.
It used to be that rewinding a movie had a sound,
(and the slightly higher pitched fast forward button)
But now pushing the rewind or fast forward button simply causes the video to jump back or forth. No sound, and no need for it.
It used to be that a record being scratched with a
of a typewriter sounds way different from the sound of keyboards today
But now all these sounds are part of today’s music – as works of art!
P.S. I was going to put a video of the record scratch sound effects – but it was so painful to my ears that I couldn’t subject my readers to it. So instead, enjoy the much friendlier sound of the “Reverse” parts in the Cha Cha Slide.
And, yes, I know P.S. stands for post script – as in it belongs at the end. But it wouldn’t have made much sense at the end, now, would it?
As I was saying, some sounds have almost become extinct. For example, remember what entering a store used sound like?
(There are still a precious few stores that sound like that, but nowadays you can mention the sound and kids will ask, “What does the fox say?”)
But don't let this age gap in onomatopoeia discourage you! The right words for just the right sound can be...
By the way, how are you enjoying the A to Z Challenge so far? Are you having a much fun as I am?
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