A burning, but completely unrelated question.

oldnick's picture

One of my local television stations will be running Best of Show this weekend. In one of the scenes in the trailer, Fred Willard's Mr. Announcer Guy character remarks to the effect that dogs of all nationalities still bark the same way, which I suppose is true.

However, Fred's assertion begs the question: do people of all nationalities hear the barking the same way? In the good ol' US of A, we tend to hear either "Arf" or "Bow-wow"; since the make-up of the folks who frequent this forum tends to be cosmopolitan, I thought that it might be instructive to post this most burning of questions here.

Please do not let the facts that this is Saint Patrick's Day, my father's mother was born in Ireland, and my local Safeway had Guinness Extra Stout on sale influence in any way your decision to participate.

hrant's picture

Dunno, but don't miss that movie - it's superb.
Parker Posey for one is incredible.

BTW, if you drink enough Guinness, you don't
need to eat. I discovered this during ATypI-Dublin.


oldnick's picture

The eating-optional card isn't in play: as I type, the aroma from the corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot is gently wafting in the breeze.

But, all seriousness aside, how do Armenians describe the sound of a dog's bark? Inquiring minds want to know...

riccard0's picture

Italian onomatopeya for barking is “bau”, which I think it’s analogous to “bow-wow”.
Anyway, I would dispute that “dogs of all nationalities still bark the same way”: there are dogs which don’t bark at all.

hrant's picture


> there are dogs which don’t bark at all.

That's another forum.


riccard0's picture

Craig, that was harsh! ;-)

Theunis de Jong's picture

Design new glyphs for animal sounds -- they will seem "artificial" at first, naturally. Then submit them to Unicode.org for inclusion. That ties in nicely with a couple of other discussions ;-)

And if you put them in an Opentype font, you can add variants per language!

5star's picture


Kelly's Heroes Oddball - Woof!


hrant's picture

Well, Orcas do already need lawyers:
Inevitably though one day they'll surely make an inverted version of the old joke:
- What do you call 20,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea?
- A good start.


riccard0's picture

I was thinking that, with enough barks (and/or other animal sounds) it will be possible to construct a pangram.

oldnick's picture


Most excellent tutorial: this interweb thing is pretty gol-dang amazing! Is this Google feller related to Barney Google of Snuffy Smith fame?

I think the Swedish bjäbb-bjäbb is my favorite so far.

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apankrat's picture

Barking is nothing compared to the sound the rooster allegedly makes.

It's pokke-kok-ko in Japanese, kukareku in Russian and cock-a-doodle-doo in English.

apankrat's picture

And this is Typophile's 500,000th comment. HA!

Time for another Guinness it seems :)


brianskywalker's picture

Maybe a typographic record book should be published. Along with things like the first typophile post, it can record the world's lightest font, and most extreme italic slant. :D

Té Rowan's picture

Roosters' crow onomatopoeia:

Denmark: Kykkelikiii!
Iceland: Gaggalagó!

Dogs' bark onomatopoeia...

I think the Germans use "Wau! Wau!"
I have seen the Danes use both "Vov!" and "Bjæf!"
And up here...: VOFF!

HVB's picture

"Time for another Guinness it seems :)"

That's getting to be one stout book of records.

froo's picture

In Poland: how-how, but I can hear also bow and wow, and I think it depends of the spacial/psychical context, because country dogs never bark bow or wow. I swear, I heard how-do-you-do once in the night.

riccard0's picture

A new level of spam.

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