Crawl Across the Ocean

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Quick Question

You know that sound you make, when you're trying to imply that someone is a chicken, you know where you wave your elbows to emphasize how chicken the other person is?

How do you spell that?

Is is balk?

Or is it bawk?

Or something else altogether?


  • I usually spell it "bok."

    It is funny that "balk" is a homonym, though.

    By Blogger J. Kelly, at 9:33 AM  

  • I tried doing a google search but all I got was 'bok bok chicken hawk' along with 'balk balk chicken hawk' and 'bawk bawk chicken hawk'.

    By Blogger Declan, at 11:23 AM  

  • I'm glad you asked.

    I think J. Kelly is partly correct as are you. As I understand it, you need to start with the 'awww' form, have several intermediate staccato short 'uk' forms and finish with a combination 'uk-awwwwk'.

    Like this: bawwwk, bok bok bok bokawwwk.

    Also, bob you head back and forth nervously to see if you've drawn any attention to yourself.

    By Blogger KevinG, at 3:57 PM  

  • "bawk"

    By Anonymous Alan E. Dunne, at 4:19 PM  

  • Maybe it's my northern Ontario accent coming through, but isn't it "buck-buck-buck"....

    By Blogger Mike, at 9:57 AM  

  • keving -

    You got it. I raised the stupid bloody things back when, and the bobbing you describe is alternating between the only two thoughts a chicken has:

    1) Can I eat you?
    2) Can you eat me?

    I'd put it: Buk ... buk ... buk ... bu-kaaaaawk?

    Maybe I've thought about this too much.

    By Blogger Thursday, at 9:48 PM  

  • Well, it seems like we do not have a consensus.

    One thing I can say for sure though, it's *not* cluck, cluckety cluck

    By Blogger Declan, at 4:51 PM  

  • In Quebec, I believe it would be "Cri, Cri" ???

    By Anonymous Ole Phat Stu, at 10:18 AM  

  • Where's the 'w'?


    bwock bwock b-WOCK

    When you speak chicken, you need the 'w'--'w', just like the prez.

    By Blogger Shelley, at 1:21 PM  

  • Ok, I just sat here bobbing my head back and forth, trying to spell the noises coming out of my mouth.
    Luckily most of the other people in the office have already gone home....

    By Blogger Alison, at 12:06 AM  

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