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Is it correct to write out the sound of a heart beat as lub dub or are there other variations that are also acceptable?

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Lub dub is the approximate 'sound' a normal heart makes when heard through a stethescope. It isn't nearly as clear when you just put your ear to the chest to listen. Anything you hear is fair game. boom boom, ba dum, whatever! –  medica Jun 24 at 9:24
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ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum-tsh –  npst Jun 24 at 11:45
    
I suggest going to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart" and copying his description. –  Oldcat Jun 24 at 17:33

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There are different versions in different languages. In english I have seen thump thump, ba boom, ba bump and lub-dub. In India, it is "dhakdhak." In Italian, it's "tu tump."

Likewise, there are many others. Here is a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cross-linguistic_onomatopoeias

open "human sounds" and then "heartbeat."

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In Italian, songs about strong heartbeats are called bum bum read "boom boom" youtube.com/watch?v=PRMTGUkHBMI. –  Mari-Lou A Jun 25 at 8:08

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