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A sound effect that grew up and became a word. The Ono turns up the volume in a story or argument—don’t use it if you want to sound subtle. A good Ono can add cartoonish humor; it can also convey the drama of recent disaster, or a future crashing or melting apocalypse.

For a related figure, see sound symbolism.

Artie: I sound like someone put tap shoes on a horse and shot it. Glee

The dogs in the pound jingled and snaffled around my outstretched hand. Word Hero