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Sound of a zip fastener?

I was wondering, how would you best describe the sound a zip fastener makes when it's opened or closed slowly? You know, that "r-r-r-r-r" kind of sound? I thought about growling, but that feels too ...
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How could people identify words by listening if they don't actually know it?

For example, someone just said "I would take you to flower house". If the listener does not know "flower" and "house", Can he find that there are two words that he does ...
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Should I use speech marks for sounds?

If I were to describe a sudden sound, in this example: Boom! Were I to put it in speech marks: "Boom!" Just like in a dialogue, or to do something else, in that case what?
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Why's 'Cellar door' the most beautiful English word/ phrase?

Recently I've had a few people mention that the phrase Cellar door is beautiful. I don't see what makes this so - it's not anything ironic like "driveway" or "parkway" so what makes this so beautiful?
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What's the word / way to describe the sound we make when we get irritated?

What's that sound called which we make when we are irritated or disgusted, when we press both our lips together and make a sucking sound, with our teeth closed. It's similar to a kissing sound, but in ...
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How to spell a sound I hear people make

When you stick your tongue outside of your mouth and gently blow, it makes a common sound to indicate "whatever!" or "I don't like your answer/response" or "Yes, you are smarter than I am." What is ...
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A name for the sound of liquid discharging from a bottle into a glass

Today, I googled, and could find the terms, like dip and plop. Is there any word when we pour water into the glass, and we hear the sound produced within a bottle? As I poured myself a drink, I ...
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Letter combinations that sound the same

I'm interested to see what combinations of letters sound like each other - there are of course the obvious ones: c --> k or s -ory --> I (pronounced ee) f --> ph What other ones are out there?...
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Is there a commonly accepted way of noting that a person makes a non-word sound in a transcription?

I'm transcribing the lyrics of a song into written text. Towards the end of it there's a short recording of someone telling a little anecdote about their day. As this audio reaches its end, he ...
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Spell a sound moving tongue across top lip

How do you spell the sound made by moving your tongue back and forth across your top lip while breathing out with an ahh sound? Like ble-dle-ble-dle-ble-dle or diddle diddle?
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Pronunciation of 'has' (/z/ or /s/) before /tʃ/

When 's' comes before a voiced consonant, it's usually pronounced as /z/. Example: He has been banned. (here 's' is pronounced as /z/ because the following consonant is voiced.) On the other hand, ...
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Name for phrases that sound the same but have different meanings?

Is there a special name for two phrases that have the same sound, but mean different things from each other? For example Wishing well Could be used in either the context of "I wish you well," or ...
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Devoicing 'Voiced consonants' to their counterparts

So, lately I've been really interested in devoicing voiced consonants to their counterparts. I've been studying painstakingly, so I would like to share it with you, and you can tell me if you agree ...
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What is the difference between /a/ and /æ/?

I don't quite understand the difference between /a/ and /æ/. Google gives the transcription for 'add' as /ad/, while Wiktionary returns /æd/. Are these sounds actually distinct or is this just two ...
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Is /l/ in “whole” dark or clear?

Is /l/ in 'whole' dark or clear? I know that a clear (palatalised) /l/ is in a prevocalic position; nonetheless, I also know that the dark /l/ (velarised) is usually at the end of words.
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How is the 'ng' in any word pronounced?

I am familiar with the phonetic sound of 'ng' together ( I am sorry I don't have a phonetic keyboard) and that there is a special way to pronounce it but some, including me, pronounce both letters and ...
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How would you describe the sound of flesh tearing?

How do you describe flesh-tearing? Example "I reel the fishing pole back and hear [word] as a dead squirrel comes back on the end of the line."
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Voiced sounds after voiced and unvoiced after unvoiced

Why do we need a voiced sound after another voiced sound and voiceless after a voiceless sound in English? Explanation: Often in inflected forms, we need to add a voiced sound after the preceding ...
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Voiceless consonant -> voiced consonant before vowel?

I have noticed that voiceless sound at the end of a word becomes voiced when followed by a word that starts with a vowel. For example: It has affected us (/s/) all => It has affected us (/z/) all. I ...
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Word for the noise made by a knife

Bark is the abrupt, harsh, explosive cry of a dog. Clatter is the sound made by two or more hard objects hitting each other. Splash is the sound of something falling into a liquid, normally water. ...
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Linking words pronunciation /ng/ [duplicate]

Just wondering if the [g] sound is sometimes used to link a word ending in [ŋ] and a word beginning with a vowel sound. For example, can "hang out" be pronounced as /hang-gout/? If you know any ...
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How do I describe the booting sound of some electronic devices?

I'm working on a scientific novel where I need to describe the futuristic drones are initiating and booting. How do I describe that kind of sound? The sound that is similar to the sound when an auto-...
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How to describe making sounds with your throat?

Say if someone asked you a yes/no question, and you make that note of assent with your throat to let them know that yes is the answer to the question, how would you describe that through writing? I ...
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Word for the noise made by a helicopter?

I once read about a nice word that describes the specific noise made by a helicopter in flight. It wasn't a generic verb like "rattling" or "juddering", but one that only applies to helicopters. It ...
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Longest English word without a vowel sound

I am not an English student, by discipline I am physicist, so am asking this question in innocence. I searched Google for the longest word without a vowel sound and I got these results: The ...
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Difference between either and ether [closed]

Even though they mean completely different things why do either and ether sound so similar to eachother?
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio "finger-...
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I described text as sounding a certain way and someone said “I can’t hear him” what is what he did called?

This occurring on a thread of messages and someone previously commented and I replied mentioning they “sounded mad.” Someone then replied, “How is he sounding? I can’t hear him” What is what they did ...
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How to describe this metallic sound?

Link to the sound in question Another example of the sound I'm trying to write a sword fight scene where a swordsman is able to predict his opponent's next swing. And every time he does, he hears ...
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Are there any words describing normal breathing?

I am not sure but I can't find any words that describe normal calm breathing. Something that describes the exhale of a breath or blowing air out from your mouth. Not frantic or puffed breathing just ...
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Subject + sound + Adjective

I called after him, worried that I might have sounded ungrateful. Unlike 'It sounds [Adjective].', if a person subject comes instead of 'it', what does the verb 'sound' mean? I'm not sure for the ...
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Which word to use when speaker sound is not working properly

I have a malfunctioned speaker, its sound does not come out normally but is like being stuck, which word(s) could I use to describe a speaker with defected sound? Thanks in advance.
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The ordering of word pairs: anyone for chips and fish?

When we list pairs of words, certain orders seem much more common and natural than others. A few examples: Fish and chips instead of chips and fish Ladies and gentlemen instead of gentlemen and ...
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In words like able, or candle does the l function as a vowel and the e function as a consonant?

I was recently told as part of my THRASS (phonics program for primary schools) training that in words ending in -le such as able, crumple, candle etc that the letter l functions as a vowel with the ...
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Sound of ropes / strings / clothing material sliding against each other?

Think of the ropes of boats moored to a dock, but having to listen carefully (not loud and obvious) like 'creaking' or 'squeaking'. It would have to denote friction without screeching - more like '...
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Word (adjective) to describe a harsh sound

Context: My brother just played a video with loud screeching noises in the background about 5 feet from me as I was reading a pleasant book. I turned to chastise him, exclaiming, "John! Turn that ...
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The inconsistent long i sound in English [duplicate]

As a phonics teacher, I have long had a problem with finding the right explanation to my students about an inconsistent sound. Hope someone has the explanation to it here. The long i sound in ...
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Word for the sound of keyboard typing

Is there any word or phrase denoting the sound of typing on the keyboard? I made my research, through which I found two words from Quora — a Q&A site; those two words are: "clicking" and ...
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How do you pronounce words with the letter d?

I'm foreign and this causes me a lot of trouble. Sometimes the 'd' is pronounced normally [d], for example - done, but sometimes it's pronounced as [dʒ], for example - dream. How should I pronounce ...
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A word denoting the sound of turning pages

The two words (adjectives) I found in Yahoo Answers site, that perhaps (I am not sure) describe the sound of turning pages, when they rifled by the wind: fluttering and flapping. Other than those ...
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What's the name of this sound/collection of sounds?

What is it called when one expresses "Yes", "No", or "I Don't Know" without using words - just humming their response? You know, when someone responds with a low note than a high note for Yes or "Ah-...
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Word for the sound produced while walking down the stairs

Here, I want the word pertaining to the sound of human footsteps while walking down the stairs. The word I am looking for, can be contrasted with the word of the sound of footsteps of army marching. I ...
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What happens phonetically in “words that”?

Could you explain to me what happens from the linguist’s point of view when the sounds meet in the speech?
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Verb for when cats meow other than meow itself

If a dog barks "woof" (or some other variation) a frog croaks "ribbit" is there a verb for when cats "meow" other than "meow" itself? I am specifically looking for a word that is usually only ...
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What is the type of sound-based language conversion called?

Background I have been using the type of conversion for my Korean students when trying to get them to pronounce English words slightly more accurately. I don't transcribe the meaning of the words. I ...
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When was the velarized allophone of /l/ (IPA [ɫ]) formed in English?

English, Portuguese, Dutch, and Russian all have velarized [ɫ] at the syllable coda. When did this start happening in English?
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If a .midi is a sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3?

If a .midi is sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3? Streamed audio? Wave audio? Edit: I know what the difference is/what they are, I'm asking about the terminology.
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Word for sound made by tongue and teeth

I'm looking for a word that describes the sound made when a person rubs their tongue on the side of their inner teeth. It's like a wet noise and it's supposed to denote a positive gesture rather than ...
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General verb for animal making sound

English language has different verbs for different species of animals making sound, many are onomatopoeias. But is there a general verb that can be applied to an unnamed animal? e.g., can I say "I ...