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The Nause-AA After Hours: Onomatopoll #2

Submitted by on November 3, 2012 – 10:53 AM9 Comments

reliably vomitous-looking Beef Stroganoff via

Hello, everyone! You may remember that, during The Naus-AA proper, we talked about doing a master poll of all the vom sounds we came up with in the comments. Well, what better time than Halloween, when you’ve already gorged yourself on candy corn (hew), and/or presidential-election season with its figurative nauseation, to choose a barfavorite? (Unless you’re really emeto-suggestible, in which case maaaaaybe skip it.)

I’ve got a spreadsheet — I know, right? — of all the sounds and the commenters responsible, and the coiners of the most “popular” (read: revolting) terms will win prizes, which I’ll announce when we get to the finals.

I’ve compiled all the onomatopoeia into a series of three polls; you’ll see all the “HOARF”s and “BRALF”s in alpha order, roughly. You vote for the three (3)…best? Most evocative? How you vote is up to you. The three finalists will proceed to another poll, where we’ll choose the “winner.”

Winner of the first round is: (HRRRAAAAALLLFFFF) 

Second poll is below. Choose the three (3) best, or most evocative, or whatever positive that isn’t really a positive. Then go lie down. (Missed the first poll? It’s right here.)

Onomatopoll #2: Pick your three (3) top barf sounds!

  • hhooaarff (15%, 130 Votes)
  • HAAARRFFF. (9%, 82 Votes)
  • BLEURGH (9%, 80 Votes)
  • GAAAAAACK, hork, splat, etc. (8%, 70 Votes)
  • bloorrrgghhh (8%, 66 Votes)
  • Foarff (6%, 57 Votes)
  • Euurhghhakk. (6%, 56 Votes)
  • HhrroaoaAALKGrr. (5%, 42 Votes)
  • Blergh. (5%, 40 Votes)
  • Errrlppp ooghhhh. (4%, 39 Votes)
  • Blerf. (4%, 36 Votes)
  • Blork! (4%, 33 Votes)
  • Gack…spit. (3%, 29 Votes)
  • Glfloothle. (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Blurgh. (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Heccchhhh. (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Glurbff. (2%, 19 Votes)
  • FLLRRRGGGFF (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Blerch. (2%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 309

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  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Oh, look, it’s chipped beef on toast! Only they couldn’t afford beef. Or toast. I’m sad now.

  • Sandman says:

    Barf Stranglenoff. Niiiiice.

  • Wendalette says:

    At first, I was all, “None of those sound vomitous,” but then I tried reading them out loud…which if you do it right (wrong?) is an excellent way to elicit real almost-heaves of your own.
    On a side note, while “blerf” doesn’t sound particularly horky to me, I love that it still somehow conveys that burpy grossness of a near-hurl.

  • Rachel says:

    Hey, I have that plate! I think I’ll reserve my dishes for things that taste good, though, not those that elicit these noises.

  • Yoshi says:

    That photo is going to haunt my dreams.

  • adam807 says:

    Very sad that Glfloothle isn’t doing better. I didn’t coin it but I just find it delightful!

  • Jenn says:

    Awww, I love Stroganoff. Oh, well, more for me.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    I used to love “Strogey” too when I still ate meat (and it’s possible to make a vegetarian one), but there’s no denying it looks like cat hurl.


  • LunaS says:

    How did you get a picture my least-favorite childhood dish?!

    No Mom, ground beef + Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom does NOT equal delicious.

    I had such a hard time typing “delicious” for that sentence. Even my fingers know those words do not go together.

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