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thrip

verb; sound symbolism
to snap fingers Our English language is full of words that are derived from the sound of what they describe. This is, by far, the strangest one I have heard. I had never thought of the sound one makes when snapping their fingers. I was at home for fall break, and I snapped my fingers at my younger sister telling her to wash the dishes. She responded quickly by telling me not to ‘thrip’ my fingers at her! I didn’t understand what that was. It was even harder to believe that I didn’t understand a word my 12-year-old sister had said. She explained that it was the sound the snapping of fingers makes. Since then, every time I snap my fingers or hear someone else snap their fingers, I think ‘thrip!’ I haven’t heard this word anywhere else! It might be a word a group of seventh grade girls have added to their weird word collection that is meant for them to understand and no one else. The term ‘thrip’ is one that could make it into the language. It sounds like bang, buzz, etc. It could be part of the sound game, BOP IT, someday! I’m sure once it is explained to a person, they will be able to see how the snapping of fingers really does sound like ‘thrip!’
 
Don't thrip your fingers at me!
Etymology : thrip. sound symbolism
Source : Younger sister (7th grade)
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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