Immediately I thought this can't be good. I looked at #1 and asked him what his brother was talking about. Instead of answering me #1 took off for his room obviously not wanting to have one of "those family discussions about good choices". I asked #3 where he learned this word and he said at school. Then, I looked at #2 - he just smiled and went back to reading The Three Muskateers. My #3 then informed us that Ms. M, his Kindergarten teacher, told him what an onomatopoeia is. This was a great relief knowing that I would not be getting a call or email from the school informing me that my kindergartener was using a bad word in school. #3 then explained to his college educated parents that an onomatopoeia is a word that is a sound "kinda like achoo or Mom's boing".
Of course this made no sense to Joe nor I so I bunny hopped down to the computer and Googled onomatopoeia. I still retain some of my old phonics skills from first grade so Google was able to decipher what I was looking for. Thank goodness there is Google otherwise I would be looking through my dictionary for the next three days. Here is the official definition from Webster's Dictionary:
Onomatopoeia - The formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved; echoism.
I am so glad #3 learned something today. I'm sure the Bunny Hop will take him far in life!