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As such words are uncountable nouns , onomatopoeia refers to the property of such words. Common occurrences of words of the onomatopoeia process include animal noises such as " oink ", "meow" or "miaow" , "roar" and "chirp". In the case of a frog croaking, the spelling may vary because different frog species around the world make different sounds: Ancient Greek brekekekex koax koax only in Aristophanes ' comic play The Frogs probably for marsh frogs ; English ribbit for species of frog found in North America; English verb croak for the common frog. Some other very common English-language examples are hiccup , zoom , bang , beep , moo , and splash. Machines and their sounds are also often described with onomatopoeia: honk or beep-beep for the horn of an automobile, and vroom or brum for the engine.
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The English language is always evolving, and over time we sometimes collectively change the meaning of a word. Whether this change is the result of a common usage error or has been deemed acceptable by official dictionary writers, it's often surprising to learn the real - or at least the original - meaning of some words. So are you sure you're using that word correctly? Here are 10 words that might not mean what you think they mean.. If you think this word means the same thing as a word it rhymes with, you're absolutely right. Unfortunately, most people choose the wrong rhyme.