In a message dated 6/28/2010 4:03:47 A.M., jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx writes: Life is so damn noisy: all that farting and burping and belching and those hilarious dick induced vaginal fart-sounds, ---- The problem with 'sound', as Grice says, following, David Hume, is the _ear_. In animals without ears (amoeba, etc.) they live in a silent world. Not that they'll complain about it! Aristotle said that a man (e.g. Van Gogh) without a 'ear' is a 'privation', not a 'negation' (Grice has an early paper on this "Privation and Negation". We don't say that the orchestra was 'privated' of sound. Twain would complain about the sound of Wagner's music. Most onomatopoetic words for 'sounds' imitate what they reproduce. To echo Geary: farting burping belching --- In fact, 'belch', is Anglo-Norman, and NOT onomatopoetic in nature. "Fart" is not onomatopoetic either. "Burp" is. In Italian, no word is truly onomatopoetic in that no Italian word can end in a consonant, and 'burp' ends in a consonant (in two consonants, rather). The Italian for 'burp' is NOT onomatopoetic, but rather 'operatic'. J. L. Speranza, Bordighera, etc.