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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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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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What do you call that sound uncouth people make by gurgling the snot in their sinuses?

There may not be a word for it, but maybe there is a better or more concise way of describing it.
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What does Donald Trump mean by “bigly”?

The Presidential candidate seems to have resurrected the adverb bigly, the most recent example of which that the OED is able to quote being from 1927. I am, though just wondering in which sense he ...
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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 "tac tac....
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What sound do blinds make in English?

When you raise or lower a window blind with a one quick movement, it produces a sound, what do you call that sound in English? I rolled up/raised/opened/ pulled up the window blind quickly with a/...
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When did animal sounds get codified?

Every kindergartner knows that a sheep says baa, a cow says moo, a cat says meow and a goat says maa. But this is just in English. In other languages, they say other things. When did animal sounds ...
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Expressions that are not words, but sounds

Jamaican-style patois and derivations thereof seem to be on the rise again in British cities after a lull (I remember it being very popular in the 70s and early 80s). While on a trip to London I was ...
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Filler sounds in English

I live in Australia, and I went back to Jordan for a holiday. I went to a barber's shop and as usual in there was a conversation between me and the barber. All of a sudden he told me you don't live ...
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Do you usually divide words into elements?

English sounds sound complex for me as a non-native speaker, because of vowel reduction. English vowels in words can take a wide range of form in natural speech due to vowel reduction and whether you ...
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What is the origin of “shh”?

The word "sh" (or "shh") is an exclamation for silence: Shh! They're listening... Etymonline only mentions a date (1847) and the common practice of "putting a finger to the lips." Does anyone else ...
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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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Word for a sound of insult-with-a-smile

What is that sound called, when one produces a short demeaning (almost as if looking down upon the other person) sound, which might be followed by a very cunning smile. Example: A: The US is ...
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What is the name of the ɔʏ sound?

What's the English name of the oi sound written as "eu" and commonly found in Germanic words like Deutschland, and names like Euler and von Neumann?
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Confusing 'r' sounds

In their kids song "Crazy ABCs", the Barenaked Ladies sing about words that start with confusing sounds: A is for aisle B is for bdellium C is for czar However, when the song gets to "r":...
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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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Name for that sound you make with pursed lips

I tried searching, but couldn't find anything. What's that sound called, the one you make when you purse your lips and make that kissing kind of sound? I guess people make the sound in different ...
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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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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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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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In Jamaican English, why is there no θ sound?

For example, three is pronounced as "tree," and thing is pronounced as "ting." How come Jamaicans do not have a θ sound in their accents?
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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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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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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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Difference between female and male usage [closed]

What explains the difference of a de facto larger frequency of vowels of one writer compared to another? In the statistics data I examined, a vowel had higher probability in the text from the female ...
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Word referring to all letters with the long ē sound [closed]

I read something a while back that defined all letters pronounced- and phonetically ending-with a long /ē/, i.e.: Bee Cee Dee Ee Gee Pee Tee Vee Zee I can no longer find the aforementioned reference;...
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What are the words to express sobbing and crying sound?

Google doesn't help much. What are the sounds (written in words) that people usually use to express their crying/sobbing emotions such as in chat, social network? For example if I say, "I am sad [...
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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 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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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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Naming Duos: Why “Hall and Oates” over “Oates and Hall”?

When listing a pair of names (like Laverne and Shirley) or a duo of terms connected by "and" (such as "peanut butter and jelly"), is there a reason why one word order would sound better than the ...
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onomatopoeia for taking a deep breath before speaking

I'm writing a comic, and a character is about to ask another character for help, but it's taken her a lot of effort to be able to ask for help. So, before she finally asks she takes a deep breath and ...
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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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Name of the high pitch sound produced when objects are hit against each other underwater

For instance, when a spoon or ice cube hits a glass of water
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Why did people sound differently when addressing the public in the early 1900s?

I notice that people used to speak not necessarily more clearly, or distinctly, but their voice had a certain 'choppiness' to it that you don't hear anymore... Unless the person doing the speaking is ...
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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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Do you hear words as sequences of smaller components?

This is the question of how to hear language sound. I think most of Japanese people hear Japanese words as a sequence of sound units which are the most fundamental. And, I guessed that this was true ...
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Name of sound when final drops of water drain down basin

What is the name of the sound when the last remaining drops of water are about to drain down the plug hole of a basin when the plug is removed? Here is a sample. The last part is not loud enough for ...
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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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Word for “tongue clapping”

So there's this sound that sounds like "click" that you make if you move your tongue high up, bend it backward and then fastly hit floor of the mouth with it. I'm not even sure how it's called in my ...
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Accurate definition for poetic devices

Although I can recognize and construct phrases that include usage of poetic devices, I certainly cannot define all of them accurately. For example, I read in a book that metaphor is defined as ...
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Onomatopoeia for stomach growling?

I've been thinking. How do I put the sound of growling stomach into words? I'm also curious about the Onomatopoeia for chewing food and swallowing water.
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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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Why a “chef” is a shef but a chair is not a shair" [closed]

I am unable to understand, why the sounds in english are not commonly spread. I looked into the IPA on google and could not understand, why the sounds change. e.g. chef vs chair.
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TH sound, is it continuant or stop?

How do you all pronounce the TH sound when speaking fast? For example, I've learned to pronounce the TH sound like a continuant sound, for example the hard one: ð. I start doing a Z, so this Z go ...
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Prolong the sound of a word in writing

How do I prolong the sound of a word in writing, while maintaining its natural sound? I want to prolong the sound of these words: Doh Rei Mi Fah Sol If I write Doooooh, people might read ...
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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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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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Is there another way to write Gasping and Panting sounds?

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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Is there a word that describes the sound you make when you chuckle/breathe/cough in agreement with something?

I am writing a novel and am constantly trying to figure out how to describe the action when someone gives a sort of small cough or a quick "huh" in agreement. I suppose it would be the non-word ...