: howl, wail
The word ULULATE is considered to be an example of onomatopoeia—perhaps the first I have come across in the writing of this blog.
Onomatopoeia is a concept I always wanted to be self-reflexive. Let me unpack this idea. Onomatopoeia is the property of words that suggest the sound they describe. The word onomatopoeia comes from the Greek "name" + "I make," hence also referring to the act of formulating such words. What I am imagining is that the act of making these words—the sound of a thought congealing or an idea coming into focus—sounds like the word onomatopoeia. To my dismay, onomatopoeia is not an example of the concept to which it refers.
I hear the sound of a sad trombone—a sound that has yet to be onomatopoeized.