The internet is a wealth of amazing information. Yet, I have to wonder who puts in the countless hours in front of a screen plugging in this drivel–I mean, data. I don’t know who you guys are, but I’m grateful for your time and personal sacrifice.
Check it out. These words can be fun. You’ll find the old stand-bys you studied in fifth grade such as buzz, giggle, and hiccup. And a couple I would challenge as onomatopoeia at all, like oops or cliche. (Really? A worn, played-out phrase sounds like cliché?I can’t see it or hear it.)
Flibbertigibbet: a flighty, gossipy young woman
Gwuf, gwuf, gwuf: footsteps (Can’t you hear them?)
Kish, kish: ice skates during a hockey game
But what about wailing in anguish? I found “argh,” which according to one entry on Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/), is “the correct version of an expression of frustration or anger.”
The sample sentence given is “No brigette, argh is spelled with an h and not just arg.”
For that, may I direct you to “The Aargh Page” at http://osteele.com/words/aargh#? On that page is an impressive chart of all the possible spellings of aargh, along with how often and where each spelling has been found in print—from argh to (I kid you not) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!
As for my story, I had my character cry, “Aarrrrgh,” showing he is obviously in pain without being, you know, too splashy.