Blowing a raspberry
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". It was first recorded in 1890.
Blowing a raspberry comes from the Cockney rhyming slang "raspberry tart" for "fart". 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.
- Bilabial trill
- Joe Btfsplk
- Golden Raspberry Awards
- Linguistic universal
- The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town
- Flatulence humor
- Pike called it a "voiceless exolabio-lingual trill", with the tongue vibrating against a protruding lower lip.
Pike, Kenneth L. (1943). Phonetics: A Critical Analysis of Phonetic Theory and a Technique for the Practical Description of Sounds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
- 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.
- "raspberry". The Mavens' Word of the Day. Random House. 1998-04-13. Retrieved September 19, 2005.
- "Raspberry tart". Phrases.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Video of raspberry blowing at 500 frames per second, taken with a high speed camera
- Video of one long raspberry