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An Onomatopoeic Interlude

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 3, 2010 by jganolik

One of the many neat things about wordpress is that the site provides a list of the various different search phrases people typed into google before they found and clicked on the link to your blog. I always enjoy reading these phrases, because, since my blog has such an unusual name, most of them are pretty wacky. Take “onomatopoeia poems for cheerleaders,” or “use gauge in sentence with onomatopoeia,” or “onomatopoeia for chocolate.”

I think that last one intrigues me the most because what kind of a sound does chocolate make? Maybe the person who searched for that was thinking about the sound that a chocolate wrapper makes when it is opened, or that the bar makes when it is broken into pieces, or the sound of someone biting into one of those pieces? As for that second search phrase, “use gauge in sentence with onomatopoeia,” maybe that person was in the middle of an exercise that insisted he or she take a handful of random words and use them together in a paragraph. I had to do that one time as part of a creative writing program application. The assignment was to write 100 comprehensive words (not 99, not 101) and to include four specific words provided by the application; two of the words that I can remember were “refrigerator” and “fleur de lis.”  I’d like to know the other words that that blog viewer was working with.

Here’s another bizarre one: “onomatopoeic holiday wear.” Umm, what? My best guess is the person was looking for one of those awful sweaters with something like a picture of santa and his reindeer crashing into the chimney of a house with the word, “boing!” knitted next to them. Any other ideas?

There are many other funny terms that have come up (for instance, “onomatopoeia for a chair pushed back,” “listen to onomatopoeia commercials,” and the latest, “onomatopoeia in the pizzeria”), but I just thought I would share a few. So until my next post, CLICK. (That’s the sound of me leaving the blogosphere.)

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The Naming of Things

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 26, 2009 by jganolik

So this is my first blog, and I haven’t decided whether it’s going to have a specific theme yet. It’s not, as the title may suggest, a blog about pizza, although I do like pizza. I don’t think it’s going to be a blog about onomatopoeia either, but who knows, maybe they’ll pop up in a post someday.

The name came to me the other night when, like many nights, I was caught in a fit of insomnia, and started thinking of clever titles involving literary terms (which had the complete opposite effect of counting sheep). So I guess the title came before the notion to create a blog. At the time I was getting images of pizza dough littered with moo’s, cling-clangs, and vworps.

The subtitle is somewhat stolen from a poem by Frank O’Hara called, “Why I am not a painter,” although the poem uses the word “oranges” rather than “pepperoni.” In the piece, O’Hara talks about how artist Mike Goldberg was working on this painting and O’Hara stopped in during the creation process:

“Sit down and have a drink” he
says. I drink; we drink. I look
up. “You have SARDINES in it.”
“Yes, it needed something there.”

O’Hara comes back often throughout the painting process, and once it’s finished, he asks Goldberg where “SARDINES’ went, because only letters remain. Goldberg responds, “It was too much.” O’Hara then goes on to explain how he sat down to write about “orange” and before he knew it, twelve poems evolved, not one of them about orange. He named them, “Oranges.”

Anyway, I guess this is all to say that I like Frank O’Hara, I really like this poem, and this blog is not really going to deal with pepperoni. Why write about non-kosher meat anyway? For less of what this blog won’t be about, and more of what it will, keep an eye out for future posts. Whatever they become, whoever you are…