Every 4th of July that I can remember, my family would sit and watch the fireworks. Each firework always got the same response: ooh, Ahhh, Ohhh.
Sounds like that would get boring. But it wasn't because there was a lot of giggling intermixed.
remember how I said you could add letters to make a sound longer?
And remember how I said different spellings can have different connotations?
AND remember how I said the Japanese have a word for repeating letters and words?
(That last one’s not important, I just wondered if you were following along.)
Well, today I want to talk about how repeating the right letters makes a difference.
Let me explain.
Take the O and the H.
If you repeat the O – it becomes
Oooh, he’s in love!
Ooh ooh! Pick Me!
But if instead you repeat the H – it becomes
As in Ohhh! You startled me!
Ohhh, No! Not that!
Or Ohhhh, I get it now.
Yes, yes, that’s right, I can tell you do!
Oooohhh, ohhhh, ahhh, aaaahhhh oooh
Whoa! Be careful you don’t end up sounding like a monkey.
Or a chipmunk. Or David Seville.
ooh, eee, ooh, ahh, ahh, ting tang, walla walla bang b-
ahem, yes, well. Kind of a catchy tune, isn't it?
Yes, a real ear worm. Didn't you have something to tell our readers?
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(ooh, eee, ooh, ahh ahh...)
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