In Language, its Origin and Development , he upholds the onomatopoeic theory.
In the vernacular the point is brought out by the onomatopoeic character of the lines, which cannot be rendered in English.
With onomatopoeic effects it gives a vivid if unfriendly picture of a blacksmith's forge on a busy night.
1570s, from Late Latin onomatopoeia, from Greek onomatopoiia "the making of a name or word" (in imitation of a sound associated with the thing being named), from onomatopoios, from onoma (genitive onomatos) "word, name" (see name (n.)) + a derivative of poiein "compose, make" (see poet). Related: Onomatopoeic; onomatopoeial.