Friday, April 15, 2005

Early morning conversations

Woodpecker: Taptaptaptaptaptaptaptap.
Turkey, irately: Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble!!

Repeat for an hour.

Is there another, more accurate way, to reproduce this onomatopoeia in writing?

Afrikaans: kalkoen kloek
Albanian: krrull krrull
Danish: kalkunen klukker
English: gobble gobble
Esperanto: glu-glu-glu
French: glouglou (gloo gloo)
Hawaiian: kolokolo
Hebrew: tarnegoley hodu mekarkerim
Portuguese (Portugal): glugluglugluglu
Robert Frostian: kyouck
Spanish: gluglĂș
Turkish: glu glu

Evidently not.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jiggity John said...

As much as I would love to understand, my mind is just too feeble.

Mon Apr 18, 10:02:00 AM CDT  
Blogger magda said...

I woke up to a 'conversation' between a woodpecker and a turkey on Saturday morning. Much earlier than I would have liked to wake up. And this conversation went on for quite some time. Also, turkeys are freakishly large and scary.

It sounded like the woodpecker was just doing his thing and the turkey had been awakened by the noise and was complaining about it. Volubly.

Tue Apr 19, 07:51:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Mikey said...

I meant to share this with you when you first created this post, but Blogger was being mean at the time. As we are now on better terms:

What does a German turkey say?

"Fork-fork-fork!"

Say what? (Ask it to translate fork-fork-fork from English to German for you.)

Thu May 05, 01:38:00 AM CDT  

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