There is a piece of French prose that I have added to my blog about the sounds animals make when they communicate, and it is a lovely piece. It has a lot of those forgotten words that have disappeared from the French language or if not disappeared, at least forgotten because not used anymore…I would love to be able to translate this prose for you but words are missing.
In the French language we use a very specific word/verb to describe the sound an animal makes, and almost each( if not all) animal is given its own word/verb.
Those verbs don’t seem to have an equivalent word /verb in English.
In English as opposed to the French we sometimes use the same word/verb to describe the sound animals make to communicate. Please send in the words you know to be true for me to complete the list below, add to it and fill in the missing verbs at the bottom of this list.
Alternatively I could ask Stephen Fry. He would know, wouldn’t he, Ha! Ha!
Geckos, ravens, frogs and toads croak
Larks, warblers and wrens chirrup, chirp, sing or warble
Dogs and seals, bark
Monkeys, peacocks and vultures scream
Guinea pigs, hamsters,mice and rats,rabbits and hares, chinchillas and tapirs squeak
Song birds and whales sing
Tarantulas, snakes, swans, geese, owls and cats hiss
Cats also mew, meow and purr
Owls also hoot
Swans also cry( isn’t it beautiful?)
Sheep, goat and lambs, doe and fawn as well as giraffes bleat
Rooks and crows caw
Crows also cah
Badgers, bears, hippopotamuses, tigers, lions jaguars and leopards growl
tigers, lions jaguars and leopards also roar, snarl, purr(?)
Bitterns (small herons) boom
Cicadas, crickets, Hermit crab and grass hoppers chirp
Curlews(wading birds) pipe
Deer, buck and okapis bellow
Okapis also cough
Dogs and wolves bark,howl and bay
The male elks bugle– the elk calves bleat. And the female elk?
Pigs and hogs grunt, oink, snort and squeal
Parrots squawk and talk
Oxen and cows moo
Horses neigh, whinny and nicker