Definition: the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it
For example: “Bang!” or “buzz” or “hiss.” Saying the word also makes the sound.
Why I Looked It Up
A film review said this:
Gruesome and deliciously broad, Sam Raimi’s Darkman bears the haunted soulfulness of gothic tragedy while packing the stylistic verve of onomatopoeia springing off a comic strip page.
I didn’t get this at first, but onomatopoeia is common in comic books – think “pow!” and “ugh!” and such. With comic books, they write words to illustrate pictures that imply sounds.
I still don’t quite get how Darkman has a related “stylistic verve,” though.
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