Blowing a raspberry

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Blowing a raspberry, strawberry or making a Bronx cheer is to make a noise that may signify derision, real or feigned. It may also be used in childhood phonemic play either solely by the child or by adults towards a child to encourage imitation to the delight of both parties. It is made by placing the tongue between the lips and blowing to produce a sound similar to flatulence. In the terminology of phonetics, this sound can be described as an unvoiced linguolabial trill [r̼̊]. It is never used in human language phonemically (e.g., to be used as a building block of words), but the sound is widely used across human cultures.

The nomenclature varies by country. In the United States, Bronx cheer is sometimes used; otherwise, in the U.S. and in other anglophone countries, it is known as a raspberry, rasp, or razz – the origin of which is an instance of rhyming slang, in which the non-rhyming part of a rhyming phrase is used as a synonym. In this case, "raspberry tart" rhymes with "fart".[1] It was first recorded in 1890.[2]

A raspberry pattern or the raspberry pattern represents the form that the mouth takes as it produces the noise similar to that created by flatulence, similar to that of gas as it is passed through the anus.[citation needed]

In Internet English shorthand and on forums and blogs, the transcription "pbbbt" has come to be used to mean blowing a raspberry.[citation needed]


Blowing a raspberry comes from the Cockney rhyming slang "raspberry tart" for "fart".[3] Rhyming slang was particularly used in British comedy to refer to things that would be unacceptable to a polite audience.

The term "Bronx cheer" is used sarcastically because it is not a cheer; it is used to show disapproval.

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  1. ^ Bryson, Bill (1990). The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way (Trade printing, September 1991 ed.). Avon Books. p. 238. ISBN 0-380-71543-0. 
  2. ^ "raspberry". The Mavens' Word of the Day. Random House. 1998-04-13. Retrieved September 19, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Raspberry tart". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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