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I'm making a comic where a character is scared and is hyperventilating. What should I write to make it as if they're panting/gasping?

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    Out of breath: - Breathing with difficulty, panting, gasping. For example, After five flights of stairs I'm out of breath. idioms.thefreedictionary.com/out+of+breath – user66974 May 24 '15 at 21:08
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    @Josh61: She wants onomatopoeic words for comics. Like BANG. or SNIKT. – Tushar Raj May 24 '15 at 21:24
  • @Trina: How about HUFF. It is a real word. – Tushar Raj May 24 '15 at 21:25
  • I seem to recall seeing "puff puff" used in that medium for that purpose. Are you looking for an alternative to that? – Brian Donovan May 24 '15 at 21:51
  • This is so much easier in Japanese... Manga has a wealth of lovely syllables to choose from :P – Catija May 24 '15 at 22:00
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Apart from huff and puff suggested in the comments:

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You could also use:

huh and phoo (even thought dictionaries don't list this meaning for the first one, and don't list the second one at all, they sound pretty short-of-breathy):

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Verbs such as: gasp, pant or whiff can be put into small clouds instead of onomatopoeia.


Images from:

http://magicalspacepony.com

http://adammurphy.com

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    I think the artist intends "huh" to be breathing in, and "phoo" to be breathing out. – J.R. May 24 '15 at 23:06
  • @J.R. Now that you said it, it does make sense :-) – Lucky May 24 '15 at 23:07

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