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Unintelligible speech belonging to no known language; inarticulate chatter, jargon. C17th English “gibber”=to speak rapidly and inarticulately; to chatter, talk nonsense. Unknown origin, likely onomatopoeic.

To beat or pulse with a strong, regular rhythm. Middle English “throb” < imitative of the sound of a heart or pulse.

A trivial argument; a petty outburst of irritation. Probably onomatopoeic from the sound of a brief hiss of air.

Weak, cowardly, ineffectual person. Uncertain origin but probably from “whimper”=to whine, cry < onomatopoeia – the sound of sobbing.

To chatter, gossip, and tells tales. Low German “tateln”=to gabble, cackle (like a goose) < sound a goose makes.

One who plays a pipe, esp. bagpipes. Old English “pipian”=a pipe < Latin “pipare”=to peep, chirp like a bird < onomatopoeia.

(verb) To talk on and on about trivia. Originally to yelp like a dog (c17th). From sound of a dog barking or yelping – “waff.”

Crazy or mad. Unknown origin but appeared 1945 and thought to be from “bonk”=sound of blow to the head (leading to craziness).

Quality of wearisome constancy, routine, lack of variety. Probably from 1550 – repetition of “hum” < monotonous sound.

An explosive device fused to detonate under specified condition. From Greek “bombos”=deep, hollow sound. Onomatopoeia for “boom”?

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