Onomatakouia 

Onomatakouic words are words that physically sound like what they mean, such as manoeuvre and convoluted. Kind of like physical onomatopoeia.

Technically they are not onomatopoeic like woof or sizzle are. But onomatopoeia comes from the Greek words ‘onomat’ (name) and ‘poios’ (making), literally ‘name-making’, so considering that ‘akouo’ means ‘listen’ or ‘hear’ in Greek then in much the same way that onomatopoeic words are ‘made’ by the sound, these words’ can be said to sound like their meaning: ‘name-sound’

So convoluted and manoeuvre are onomatakouic.

‘chicane’ – Dave Fletcher 5/9/16

‘articulate’ – me 7/9/2016

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