onomatopoeia says what?

Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents
Think: whoosh, bang, pop, splosh

Over at The Visual Dictionary we were discussing what it means to have an image of a word which does similar – for instance, the word yellow, written in yellow, the word ‘water’ written in a puddle, and so on. Onomatopoeia doesn’t actually come from word roots surrounding the word ‘sound’ – depending on where you read, it is a greek word meaning ‘name making’, or built up from ‘ono-‘ singular, ‘-peoeia’ meaning formation, ‘-mat-‘ being the name of a generally intelligent or revered person.

Ideograph was posited as a suitable word, but maybe misses the mark a little.
We’ve stuck with visual onomatopoeia for now.

Good Example 1
Good Example 2

its a sad sad world..

I cycled this morning, not meaning to.
My knee has been giving me grief and I was going to give it a rest and tube it in, but I overslept and I realised there was simply no way I’d get to my 8.30 meeting if I caught the tube.I cycled, and made it on time. Surely that ain’t right?

It helped that I had a pacekeeper – a young blonde Burt Reynolds.

I’d originally planned on keeping up with this other guy on a road bike, but saw his legs were not dissimilar to those in Belleville Rendez-vous, that I thought better of it.

Mr Reynolds was an easier target.