The examples Quintilian gives, however, are all of what would be termed onomatopoeias in our time, words coined to refer to a sound while also mimicking it: they are " mugitus, lowing, sibilus, a hiss, and murmur." (6) For the Elizabethan rhetorician George Puttenham, onomatopoeia is "the New namer"; (7) Puttenham is explicit that the newly-minted word should be "consonant" to the nature of its object, and gives a list of onomatopoeic representations of sounds as illustrations: "as the poet Virgil said of the sounding of a trumpet, ta-ra-tant, taratantara
, or as we give special names to the voices of dombe beasts, as to say, a horse neigheth, a lion brayes, a swine grunts, a hen cackleth, a dogge howles, and a hundred mo.
(18) "And the trumpet in terrible tones taratantara
That Anish Kapoor 'thing', incidentally, was Taratantara
, a red rubber structure which, when stretched across the void of the newly hollowed-out Baltic, resembled a double-headed trumpet.
, a huge structure by artist Anish Kapoor in |1999, provided the first taste of plans for the site
So far, the nearest his work has come to Teesside was the 100ft-high Taratantara
, which went on display in renowned Gateshead gallery the Baltic in 1999.
TARANTARRATARA (6) The OED has taratantara
as a main entry but also shows tarantarratara in boldface type as a 19th century variant spelling.
O-words containing over 3 syllables cocorico patapatapon patati patata taratata taratantara
ille enim ad exprimendum tubae sonum ait taratantara
'But many of the lines in this poem are of the taratantara
type [a curiously vague expression] which divides the line into two five-syllable halves (5 + 5).' It is also pointed out that a number of lines 'are one syllable short, having the division 5 + 4'.
The space was briefly and perfectly revitalised by the red rubber membrane of Anish Kapoor's giant installation Taratantara
. It felt like a herald of the good things to come.
But some past winners have already wowed visitors, including Antony Gormley, who involved volunteers in making Domain Field at the venue, and Anish Kapoor whose Taratantara
was shown there while the building was being converted.