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I know I've heard that sound. I can't quite remember where. If you Google it, it refers you to ejaculation. I did find one reference that identified it as a verb and a noun, but no mention of onomatopoeia. Does it qualify?

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    If that's an approximation to the noise you hear when someone ejaculates nearby then yes, surely, it is onomatopoeic. Otherwise not. Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 6:13
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    @HighPerformanceMark - 'the noise you hear when someone ejaculates nearby' sadly, that is something I have never experienced. Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 10:26
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    @HighPerformanceMark “If that’s an approximation of the noise you hear when someone ejaculates nearby”, you need to call a doctor, an exorcist, or both.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented May 29, 2022 at 17:20
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    It's not a noise I've ever heard in the circumstances @DanBron and I tend to agree with your diagnosis 😀 Commented May 29, 2022 at 18:30

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It's not necessarily onomatopoeic. If whatever is being talked about using splooge (as any part of speech) made a noise that sounded like "splooge" (or could be described that way, whatever the actual acoustics were), then it would be onomatopoeia, because that term refers only to words that sound like what they mean, like cock-a-doodle-do, clunk, or smooch.

Splooge is an example of a much bigger and more widespread phenomenon than mere onomatopoeia. It turns out that virtually all English words beginning with SPL- have a phonosemantic relation. In formal terms, they all refer to some kind of one-dimensional transition to two-dimensionality, including streams of fluid moving downward (think waterfall). Here's the breakdown:

SPL- 13 of 14 coherent = 93% coherence
Transition of 1-Dimensional Origin to 2-Dimensional Result 11

  • a. Origin Focus
    Origin: 1-D Rigid object(s) splay split spline splice splint splinter 6
    Result: 2-D Rigid (composed of connected 1-D objects)

  • b. Result Focus (impact of fluid stream)
    Origin: 1-D Fluid (perceived as stream) splotch splash splat splatter splutter 5
    Result: 2-D Fluid (random impact residue, usually on 2-D)

  • c. Metaphoric fluid transition: spleen splurge 2

  • Residue: splendor 1

Splooge (which wasn't in my database) would fit under (b).

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