1. Ben414

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    Word for sarcastic quick breath

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Ben414, Aug 12, 2013.

    I can't think of the name for it (if there is one). The action is when someone breathes in quickly as a sarcastic response. It has a similar meaning as a "Tch" sound. Is there a word for it or can anyone think of an apt description for it? I'm new to this community, and I appreciate the help!
     
  2. mbinks89

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    I know exactly what you mean. I've had this problem before.

    Maybe "scoff," or, "quick scoff," "nervous scoff," etc., to convey a more specific nuance.
     
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    I always write it onomatopoeic-wise as "Pff-whatever" and you can add an eye-roll. :)
     
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    i can't figure out what you mean by 'breathing in quickly'... that doesn't seem to relate to being sarcastic in any way i can imagine... the most common immediate response to something we don't believe is a 'quick breathing out'... which results in a 'huh!' sort of sound... often with the hint of a 't' sound at the start...

    but you don't have to use a single specific word, in order to let the readers know your character is reacting sarcastically... do it in body language and dialog, instead...
     
  5. Ben414

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    Thanks for the responses. Scoff appears to be the best fit, but perhaps the occasional onomatopoeic will work as well. [MENTION=373]mammamaia[/MENTION] You're right, I meant quick breath out.
     
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    He snorted
    He scoffed
    He tutted?
     
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    double post
     

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