Onomatopoeia are words that suggest or resemble sounds. In simpler terms, they are sound effects. You see them in comic books where things go ‘Wham’, ‘Bam’, and ‘Smash’. Most likely you’ve learned some of them at a young age like how cows go ‘moo’ and cats go ‘meow’. They’re the reason Ylvis’ What Does The Fox Say? was stuck in your head for a while.
There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of sound effects. What’s more, they differ from language to language. This is what fascinated and inspired PhD physics student James Chapman. Hailing from Manchester, UK, the 25-year-old would scour the Internet for various onomatopoeia before compiling them and illustrating them into cute comics.
For more of James’ work, check out his Tumblr.
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