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Old 08-15-2016, 03:43 AM
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Name that laugh!

I am writing a short story, and one of the main characters leans in for a kiss from a girl he fancies. She gives a quick, derisive laugh before slapping him. Not even a full laugh, just a short puff of air from the nose. I have asked around, and looked online, but I can't find what this laugh is called. Is there a name for it?
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:58 AM
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Snort?
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:15 AM
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Second vote for snort.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:21 AM
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Thanks for your help!

I had thought of 'snort', too. Although, I thought a snort was more of a breathing in, with a loud sound. I was thinking of a breathing out, with a quieter sound.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:50 AM
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Hmph!

Hmph! She scoffed as she raised her hand...?
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:19 AM
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I hear in my head ...

[Mrs. Krabappel]
Hah!
[/Mrs. Krabappel]
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:48 AM
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That's a snort of derision. Or so I am told.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:02 PM
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I've always called it a "Grace Adler."
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:17 PM
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Snicker might be another alternative.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:31 PM
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Maybe sniffle, but that's more associated with a runny nose. 'A barely audible snort' would get the point across.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:44 PM
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I know that sound and I don't think there'll be any word for it. The sound (a pissed-off one?) reminds me of the quick (pissed-off) sound of the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth (breathed out, quickly).

bemused laugh?
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:15 PM
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You don't really need a special name for it. I just read Black Chalk last week and he used this:
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They both laughed the same laugh, a small puff of air from the nose.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:53 PM
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burst, puff, heave, buffet, gust, discharge, flare, surge, salvo, spurt, rupture, spate
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:46 PM
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There are a number of people here who know IPA. Can this sound be represented with it?
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:28 AM
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Assuming you don't mean India Pale Ale, the OP said it was a nose sound, so no.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:40 PM
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In the olden days, I think that would have been called a huff ("She huffed"). Huff has another meaning as well now, which might cause a disconnect in younger readers.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:49 PM
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There are a number of people here who know IPA. Can this sound be represented with it?
I don't think so. It's a voiceless nasal aspiration starting with a salpingopharyngeal stop.
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:55 PM
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I vote for scoff.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:17 PM
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She chuckled and slapped him.

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Thanks for your help!

I had thought of 'snort', too. Although, I thought a snort was more of a breathing in, with a loud sound. I was thinking of a breathing out, with a quieter sound.
I've always thought of that as a chuckle. I'm not sure that fits your scenario though.

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Old 08-19-2016, 07:14 AM
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I vote for scoff.
To scoff isn't to laugh. It's to express derision with words.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:14 AM
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I think I've read someone (maybe Faulkner?) describe it as "blowing a laugh", so something like, "She blew a laugh and slapped him" might be what you're looking for.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:08 PM
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I don't think so. It's a voiceless nasal aspiration starting with a salpingopharyngeal stop.
If you can describe it like that, it can be done in IPA. What you described looks like this:
nh]

However, when I do it, I seems more glottal, so I'd write it as this:
nh]

If you can't see those, mine looks sorta like this, with the line going all the way down instead of a dot, while his has also has a horizontal line through the vertical part:
[?nh]
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:20 PM
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Assuming you don't mean India Pale Ale, the OP said it was a nose sound, so no.
I dunno, every time I've tried to drink that stuff, it just about came out my nose, so we might be onto something here...
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:37 AM
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Is it a real derisive "laugh”/whatever, or a coquettish one? For the latter, I have Lauren Bacalle in To Have and Have Not all over this one.

Meditating on that particular lotus may bring verbal enlightenment.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:09 AM
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She nasally aspirated voicelessly with a salpingopharyngeal stop and then slapped him.


I like it!
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:12 AM
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I think it is snort after all, actually, a snort can be breathing out too.

She gave a quiet snort and slapped him.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:36 PM
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If you can describe it like that, it can be done in IPA.
Well, I'll be darned. I looked it up and there it is. I did not realize nasal aspirations were included.
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