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Whammie

noun; sound symbolism Similar to the sound of an object hitting against another object (wham)
Whammie, n. A serious hit against the object in question, usually in a negative context.
 
Whammie was formed through sound symbolism of one object hitting another, or the sound 'wham,' which may have echoic origin, and means 'heavy blow.'
Etymology : Whammie has the root 'wham,' which may have echoic origin. There is onomatopoeia involved, as the word has a similar sound to what it describes, mainly the hitting of one object against another.
Source : "These two waves of storms from Hurricane Ike have been double whammies." - A reporter on television 9/12/08
Last modified: 27 November 2008


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