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Onomatopoeia

Based on the hints, name these words (or short phrases) that sound like what they describe.
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First submittedJuly 2, 2013
Last updatedNovember 14, 2018
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Hint
Word
Bee's noise
Buzz
Sound of dynamite exploding
Boom
Cymbals' sound
Crash
Duck's noise
Quack
Witches laugh
Cackle
The beginning of the universe
Bang
Applause
Clap
Eating granola
Crunch
Nike
Swoosh
Tiny footsteps
Pitter Patter
A leaky faucet
Drip
Owl's sound
Hoot
Hint
Word
An angry car horn
Honk
A carbonated beverage bubbling
Fizz
Horses walking or coconuts being struck together
Clip-Clop
Sound of a magician disappearing
Poof
A motorcycle revving
Vroom
Bless you?
Achoo
Sound of a doorbell, or the death knell of a witch
Ding Dong
To use mouthwash
Gargle
Train whistle
Choo-choo
A steak cooking
Sizzle
Basketball shoes sliding on a gym floor
Squeak
Jail bars closing
Clink
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level 29
Jul 16, 2013
Surely u could accept "atchoo" for the sneezing one??
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2013
Okay
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level 43
Jul 10, 2014
and atchu
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level 33
Mar 17, 2018
or maybe ah choo
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level 61
Jul 18, 2019
ah choo choo?
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level 61
Jul 18, 2019
atchu aitchu, achu atshu aitchoo atshoo etc etc.

Or as we "say" it hatsjoe

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level 50
Aug 9, 2013
A lot of these hints/answers are debatable, but this quiz isn't half bad.
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level 50
Aug 9, 2013
Just clop for clip-clop and clang for jail door slamming could work, don't you think?
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level 49
Aug 9, 2013
"Clop", definitely. It's listed in the dictionary as "the sound of horses' hooves on a hard surface; origin imitative"; i.e. it means exactly the same thing, and has exactly the same origin, as "clip-clop" and "clippety-clop". "Clang" is more arguable. Yes, it's the sound of metal hitting metal. But "jail bars closing" is very specific, and "clink" definitely has that specific connotation.
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2013
Added "Clop" as an acceptable answer.
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level 41
Aug 9, 2013
I also tried "clang"
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level 22
Nov 7, 2017
How about "Toot" for a train whistle: Thomas the Tank engine taught me that! And for Basketball shoes i tried "Creak" and "Screech".
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level 79
Feb 7, 2019
The Wiggles agreed with Thomas - a choo-choo train goes toot toot. And it was definitely "toot toot" on "Pettycoat Junction". The choo choo comes from the steam turning of the wheels.
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level 38
Jul 12, 2019
Yes!!! I typed in every variation of 'toot toot' I could think of because I was sure that was it.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
I am pretty sure the signaling by letting of steam is choo-choo (choo choooot), the engine picking up speed is chug-a-chug-a.

Though I can see toot toot instead of choo choo, choo choo is definitely not the sounds of the wheels being turned.

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level 33
Mar 17, 2018
Yes but then the Monty Python reference wold become redundant
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level 72
Jul 12, 2019
Likewise, just the patter of tiny feet.
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level 72
Oct 15, 2019
Clink of the key, clang of the heavy metal door.
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level 44
Aug 9, 2013
Could "munch" also be accepted for the granola one?
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level 12
Aug 9, 2013
don't you use pitter patter for raindrops?
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level 76
Jan 26, 2016
It can describe both. I hear "the pitter patter of tiny feet" more often.
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level 83
Aug 9, 2013
Train whistle could easily be woo-woo. If you want to avoid the confusion, just make the clue "train" instead of "train whistle". Also, I loved the allusions to the Wizard of Oz and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :D
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level 49
Aug 9, 2013
No. "Woo-woo" is not a real word; I checked a bunch of English dictionaries, and it wasn't in any of them. (Well, Wiktionary listed it, but it listed it as the sound of an ambulence siren rather than of a train whistle, and it didn't offer any citations.) And the onomatopoetic word for the sound a train itself makes is "chug", which is a completely different sound from the "choo-choo" of the train's whistle.
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level 71
Oct 12, 2017
The word is actually "whoo" and is defined as "a whistling sound". "Choo" is not the sound of the whistle - who ever heard of a whistle with a "ch". In fact, it comes from the sound trains used to make before the track was welded, The "choo", "chug",etc. described the noise of the train going over the joints between lengths of track.
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level 34
Jan 26, 2016
I'm surprised "toot" wasn't accepted as a sound for train whistles.
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level 36
Oct 12, 2017
I agree. "Toot" is the sound of the whistle, "choo choo" is the train--we called them "choo choos" as tiny kids, not "trains."
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level 43
Nov 12, 2018
id say choo, toot, and woo all count because traine have different whistles
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level 72
Jan 26, 2016
I thought choo-choo is the sound of the train chugging along, not the shrill shriek of the train whistle. So I think making the clue "train" rather than "train whistle" is probably more helpful.
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level 67
Jan 26, 2016
I agree, Choo-Choo is an old steam train going along.
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level 66
Feb 2, 2016
Ditto. "Choo-choo" is the sound of a train engine; "toot-toot" is the sound of a train whistle. Or so my Speak-and-Say tells me.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
There is the issue that there are two things you could consider as the train whistle. When an old steam train blows of steam, which would be the choo-choo and woo-woo I guess. And the (shrill) whistle of the conductor to signal the train is leaving. I was thinking of the 2nd type, the first hadnt even occurred to me tbh.

To stop all the arguments and make the question less ambiguous I would also suggest using train instead of train whistle.

(even looking at it now train whistle choo-choo looks weird to me, a whistle doesnt say choo choo, but pffrrrttttt!! in my personal experience ;) train signal allready seems better)

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level 32
Aug 9, 2013
chuga chuga , woot woot, clickity clack those are the sounds of the man working on the chain. And Nike would be the pump... whatever air noise that was.
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level 25
Aug 9, 2013
The train whistle is woo-woo, a train in motion is choo-choo. Chugga-chugga is a less common way of describing the sound.
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level 25
Aug 10, 2013
How can the nooise of a trains engine or wheels make a choo choo noise? woo woo could be cceptable, but we used the dictionary accepted onomatopoeia
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level 71
Nov 27, 2013
I'd say that choo choo was the noise the steam makes belching out of the smokestack. I'd call the whistle a 'toot toot'.
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level 71
Jan 26, 2016
I still say 'choo choo' is wrong. 'Choo choo' is the sound of a steam train and comes from the sound of the steam engine. The whistle is a completely different sound and is nothing like 'choo choo'.
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level 36
Oct 12, 2017
The train sound we grew up with was the following "CHOO-choo-choo-choo...CHOO-choo-choo-choo...CHOO-choo-choo-choo..." with heavy emphasis on the 1st "choo" each time, not the 2d, 3d, 4th. Hold your molars together, tongue sides against them, and touch the roof of your mouth to form syllables. It should make a steam engine noise.
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level 78
Jan 24, 2019
zlake is right there, the sound you are describing is when people are saying chug chug chug (or possibly chu-chu-chu-chug) with a short u, but the choo-choo noise people refer to is with a very long oooo and just twice, i.e. the typical noise when the driver pulls on the steam engine cord to release steam through the pipe.
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level 59
Jan 26, 2016
The endless debate goes on and on... Is it toot-toot, choo-choo, or woo-woo.
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level 67
Oct 13, 2017
Not finished yet, it is not Choo-choo that's the old steam train, woo-woo is just as much a word as choo choo is.
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level 25
Aug 10, 2013
Clink is not an onomatopoeia but derives from the medieval jail of the same in London, England.
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level 59
Aug 13, 2013
screech; Basketball shoes sliding on a gym floor
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level 59
Aug 13, 2013
The sound a mouse makes...
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level 45
Aug 14, 2013
A train whistle does not go choo-choo; that's the sound of steam operating the pistons in the cylinders that drive the wheels. A train whistle goes 'woo-woo' or 'toot-toot' or 'hoot' or ??. Things that make me slap my forehead and go D'OH!!: I tried 'clank' for jail bars being closed, thought and thought and didn't try 'clink'. Good quiz!
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level 24
Aug 15, 2013
The hint for the last one isn't very good. I'd say something about glass or something.
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level 67
Sep 9, 2013
I think many of these could have lots of different answers, and it's impossible to say which answers are correct or wrong. I tried ba-dum-tch, and just tch for cymbals, bang for explosion, shazam for magician, and slam for jail bars.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
Not sure if slam or shazam are onomatopoeia. I tried woosh for the magician though. And clang, clash, cling, cloink I dont know for the cymbals :/ zing mayybe aswell
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level 28
Oct 7, 2013
100 PERCENT..... GOT HIM!
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level 23
Jun 7, 2014
atishoo for the sneeze and twit twoo for the owl pls
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
you need "a tissue"? And never heard of twit twoo
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level 82
Jun 9, 2014
Funny how onomatopoeia is defined as "sounds like what it describes", but even onomatopoeic words are very different in different languages even though the sounds that they describe are the same ones. -- Also thought prison gates would sound more like a clang :P
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level 43
Jul 10, 2014
"Toot toot" for train should be accepted
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level 50
Jul 18, 2014
Actually, you know, even if the Big Bang happened, which it didn't, 'bang' cannot sound like it describes, because sound is airwaves, and there is no air in space. Therefore, the Big Bang wouldn't have made any sound.
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
does a jail door clink? I tried slam, clang, and clank. It seems too heavy to clink.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
yea clink sounds when someone tries to sneak away a quietly pushes the (metal) door closed. Close to click. When you give it a hard shove what is usually done, it is clang clank or even cloink (which makes a low sound) (dont think slam is a onomatopoeia)
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
I'd say clink is more like glasses in a toast.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
yes or cling
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level 42
Dec 11, 2014
Could you add pop-pop for the carbonated beverage?
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level 76
Jan 26, 2016
Your comment instantly made me think of Alka-Seltzer - "Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is..."
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level 59
Jul 12, 2019
I believe it's "plop, plop. . . fizz, fizz".
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level 23
Dec 17, 2014
Sizzling should be accepted for sizzle
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level 57
Feb 16, 2015
I don't think clink is really representative of jail bars closing... I thought of "clang". I think of clink as the sound when people say "cheers"... then they clink their glasses together.
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level 58
Jan 26, 2016
Clang seems to work now.
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level 45
Jan 26, 2016
no 'beep' for car horn? And surely it's 'Woo-Woo' for a train whistle.
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level 77
Jan 26, 2016
Maybe if the Arsenio Hall Show was the clue
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level 56
Jan 26, 2016
Quite hard for a non-native speaker. But I still had a lot of fun doing this quiz :D
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level 66
Jan 26, 2016
Please accept "clash" for the cymbals and "beep" for the car horn :) This was fun!
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
or crash or clang and a few others that seem to fit aswell.
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level 71
Jan 26, 2016
You have to listen to the Brian Regan comedy bit on animal sounds...had to laugh here when I saw that owls say "hooT".
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level 74
Jan 26, 2016
Another name for jail is "the slammer." Please except slam.
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level 71
Jan 26, 2016
Truly one of the worst quizzes I've seen, arbitrary and inconsistent.
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level 77
Jan 26, 2016
I don't think cackle fits on an onomatopoeia quiz.
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level 70
Mar 21, 2017
Was thinking the same thing.
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level 67
Jan 26, 2016
From the UK and I've never said "honk" when referring to a horn. Always used "beep".
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level 77
Jan 28, 2016
We have better horns in America.
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level 70
Mar 21, 2017
I tried "beep". When that didn't work, I tried "beeeeeeeeeeeep!" :-)
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level 36
Oct 12, 2017
But the question referred to an angry car horn--awfully tiny car to "beep." "Honk" is the angry noise.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
Well beep *&%$#!! could ve worked...
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level 65
Jan 26, 2016
If enough people say it should be toot toot, will you accept it?
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level 28
Jan 26, 2016
Tried hachoo, huchoo, hatchoo, hutchoo, hachew, huchew, hatchew, hutchew, hashoo.....never imagined it without an "h" at the front.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
that was the only part I was sure about. I knew english didnt start the word with an h
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level 44
Jan 29, 2016
squeak?? Really? Maybe I misunderstood what a squeak is?
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level 35
Jan 30, 2016
I do not understand the clue Nike.
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level 54
Jan 30, 2016
Same, what on earth is it?
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level 49
Feb 9, 2016
The logo of the company Nike is in a curved tick shape (as in tick and cross). If you were to draw this logo, it would be like a "swoosh".
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level 62
Jan 30, 2016
Love the Monty Python reference!
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level 28
Feb 1, 2016
Couldn't "clang" be accepted for cymbals?
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level 38
Apr 14, 2016
You should be allowed 'clash' for the cymbal's
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level 63
Nov 24, 2016
Almost failed to finish - laughing too hard at Death Knell of a Witch. Applause!
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level 44
Jan 26, 2017
Why is "Choo Choo" the least guessed answer? It's so obvious.
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level 67
Oct 13, 2017
Because it is not the sound of a whistle, choo-choo is the sound of a steam enging chugging up the line. That's why it is the least answered.
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level 61
Jul 19, 2019
or they think of the actual whistle a conductor blows on to signal the train is about to leave.
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level 58
May 5, 2017
Can you accept beep for angry car horn
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level 37
Oct 12, 2017
Better one for jail bars is two glasses making a toast
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level 51
Oct 12, 2017
"Clink" makes me think of handcuffs, "clang" makes me think of a jail cell.
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level 46
Oct 24, 2017
I first thought of slam for jail bars... maybe that's because of the colloquial term the "slammer" for prison?
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level 33
Mar 17, 2018
maybe tip toe for tiny feet, it's a long shot but why not.
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level 67
Mar 17, 2018
You've no chance, some of us have been trying for 5 years to get Choo-Choo changed for train and not whistle.
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level 21
Mar 17, 2018
Just remove the sneezing question since there is 43 different spellings of the sound
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level 43
Mar 17, 2018
I reckon patter should be accepted for pitter patter. The train whistle should be changed to the train horn so that people won't get confused with the conductor whistle as I did.
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level 53
Apr 6, 2018
hehe... I see a Monty Python reference! Or maybe it was just a coincidence? If it isn't, good for you! (If you don't understand what I'm talking about, go and watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Possibly the best movie of all time!)
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level 55
Dec 8, 2018
Another train suggestion: Clue: Thomas the Tank Engine YouTube Poops use this when they are rushing. Answer: Wheesh! Sorry, couldn't resist. Great quiz tho.
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level 70
Jun 10, 2019
As everyone else has already said, the entire steam train makes a choo-choo sound as it moves, whereas the train whistle makes a toot-toot sound.
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level 56
Sep 3, 2019
Yes, that's what I tried too.
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level 39
Jul 12, 2019
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/tu-whit-tu-whoo tu-whit tu-woo for owl sound
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level 56
Sep 3, 2019
What's 'Nike'?