Anthony Bourdain knows Thwip

In a continuing public service effort at IFblog, the word for today is onomatopoeia, or words that imitate the sounds they are describing. One example might mewing for the sounds a cat makes, or the murmuring of a brook in a cool glade.

So with that thought in mind, and having had some personal experience with the subject, I'm guessing that Kitchen Confidential author, No Reservations star and 2009 IdeaFestival participant, Anthony Bourdain, would say that the word for the first crunch of some Thai street food such as fried beetles would be thwip!, which, translated, can also mean pow!, indigestion for the unwary.

Wayne