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Sun, 02 Oct 2005

Gale Onomatopoeic? - 16:09
On Friday evening I was somewhat surprised to learn that The Wizard of Oz character Dorothy has a surname. Sure I suppose I should have guessed that, but I really never thought of it, and now find it somewhat surprising, the surname is "Gale". When I read this I thought to myself it is almost onomatopoeic, what with her being carried off to Oz in a hurricane. However I did not think to myself "Gale" is sort of onomatopoeic in this context, rather I thought that name is kind of like that word for words that sound like what they mean. Obviously I was unable to remember the term onomatopoeic.

So I searched for the correct term and came across the answer at a rather neat website, Ask Oxford. Somehow associated with the OED this site has a lot of useful answers and other resources that would be useful or interesting while writing. The FAQ section alone answers a bunch of interesting questions and there are various other sections that are interesting also, such as a list of disambiguations of commonly confused words.

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