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We Morphed Click from Onomotapoeia to Onomotapoeia/Verb/Noun

July 14, 2018

Author: Bianca Yang
Email: ipacifics@gmail.com

Click, I believe, used to just be a sound word (onomotapoeia). Now, we’ve given click the rights to also be an action (“click the mouse”) and a noun (“100 clicks on our Google Ad campaign this morning”).

This topic came up because I was thinking about how strange it is that we say “click the button” when all we’re really doing is reinforcing an association between the “click” sound of the button and the action of, well, clicking it.

Perhaps there are other words we’ve augmented in this same way due to the information age.

Update (July 27, 2018)
Here are some other words that fit the mold: