The #Write #Words? Post 30

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Examining Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions, click here for the introductory post to the series. This is the final post in this particular series, but I’ll post an index with links to all the posts. After this? Perhaps I’ll do something more random on language use.

This week’s words:Zoom, Zippy, Zap, Zoo.

Onomatopoeia: Zoom

Zoom is one of those words that describe movement and the sound made by it. ‘George zoomed into sight and the zoom of his motorbike quickly followed, shattering the silence.’

Simile: Zippy as a dragonfly

I could find no listed similes beginning with the letter z, so I’ve created this one. If you’ve ever observed a dragonfly in flight, you’ll know they’re insects that hover and then move abruptly at great speed to a new location. These are creatures so fast, they can capture other flying insects on the move. So, I think you’ll agree they’re pretty zippy. Have a go at using ‘z’ to create other similes.

Collective Nouns: Zap of lasers

Zap describes the comic book idea of a laser very well. Of course, it fails to describe the more serious application of this amazing instrument, but I like the fun aspect of ‘a zap of lasers’. This is another alphabet letter that’s lacking when it comes to collective nouns, so maybe you can come up with some suggestions?

Delusional Dictionary: Zoo: a concentration camp used to imprison wildlife; a kindly term applied to a collection of politicians; the assembly of wildlife excluding humanity, which may be the wildest of all fauna.

For those learning English as a language, there’s a useful guide to pronunciation here, and Facebook hosts a great group you can join here.

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