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Dendarii Dame
01-19-2014, 02:28 PM
I'm writing a children's story, during the course of which a number of farm animals will moo, baa, cluck, and...well, there's a goat in the story. I always thought the classic "sound" (at least in English, I know they vary in other languages) for a goat was "naa". However, as an adult, I usually see it written as "maa".

What do you think?

Quartz
01-19-2014, 02:29 PM
Goats bleat.

Ethilrist
01-19-2014, 02:58 PM
Meh.

msmith537
01-19-2014, 03:02 PM
What does the fox say?

TimeWinder
01-19-2014, 03:19 PM
I'd vote with you: "Naa" with an "N." But this is likely highly regional, and may even be something that's changed since we were kids (did you hear about Pluto and the Brontosaurus?)

TimeWinder
01-19-2014, 03:20 PM
What does the fox say?

"Hiss", or a little barky "yelp," as the idiot songwriters could have discovered by ten seconds on YouTube or actually visiting a zoo.

Helena
01-19-2014, 03:27 PM
I was going to say "meh" too.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
01-19-2014, 03:29 PM
The Goat said--

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Ob-viously.

SCAdian
01-19-2014, 03:41 PM
Maa.

Flywheel
01-19-2014, 03:48 PM
The horse says, "Doctorate denied."

simster
01-19-2014, 04:05 PM
"don't sacrifice me, bro"

Elendil's Heir
01-19-2014, 04:11 PM
Baaaa.

Yes, I know, the sheep say that too - but with a different intonation.

Fretful Porpentine
01-19-2014, 04:16 PM
Maa.

Lucas Jackson
01-19-2014, 04:26 PM
What does the fox say?

Slyyyy.

llcoolbj77
01-19-2014, 04:27 PM
Maa... According to every other children's book with animals.

C K Dexter Haven
01-19-2014, 06:02 PM
The goat says: "Wait until my brother comes, he's much bigger and juicier than I am."

Trinopus
01-19-2014, 06:22 PM
And the cat said fiddle-dee-dee...

YogSothoth
01-19-2014, 08:52 PM
"Yo, I'm a goat"

delphica
01-19-2014, 09:21 PM
I have a two year old daughter, we have about 100 books about farm animal sounds. I would say it's about a 60/40 split between "ma-a-a-h" and "na-a-a-h" sounds. They also vary between maa/mah and naa/nah spellings.

I would say it's the least consistent farm animal sound. The all- time winner, though, for domesticated animals as represented in books for kids, is the dog -- we've got books with arf, ruff, woof, and bow-wow.

Prof. Pepperwinkle
01-19-2014, 09:31 PM
Mah-nah-mah-nah, doot doot doo doo doo,
Mah-nah-mah-nah, doot doot doot doo...

pulykamell
01-19-2014, 09:40 PM
"Maaaaa" with an "ae" type of "a" (as in "cat") rather than an "ah" sound (like in "ma.")

Never heard the "Naaaa" version. Some form of "Baaaaa" (once again, with the "ae" sound) is acceptable, though.

John Mace
01-19-2014, 09:57 PM
What does the fox say?

Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchof
Tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tohof
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchof

simster
01-19-2014, 10:37 PM
Mah-nah-mah-nah, doot doot doo doo doo,
Mah-nah-mah-nah, doot doot doot doo...

No, thats what ANIMAL says

Barking Dog
01-19-2014, 11:47 PM
The all- time winner, though, for domesticated animals as represented in books for kids, is the dog -- we've got books with arf, ruff, woof, and bow-wow.

He should have said Dimaggio.

Mister Rik
01-20-2014, 12:19 AM
What does the fox say?

I saw a photo of a serious-looking fox with the caption, "Actually, I don't say any of those things."

gladtobeblazed
01-20-2014, 01:29 AM
What does the fox say?

"Chaos reigns".

septimus
01-20-2014, 03:09 AM
In Thailand, goats say "Meh!" (assuming that rhymes with English "day") which is also the Thai word for mother.

My kids wanted pet goats, but Mrs. Septimus vetoed: she doesn't want to hear what sound like human babies calling their mother.

Mister Rik
01-20-2014, 03:46 AM
I thought goats just screamed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ9hdyb3Opo

OttoDaFe
01-20-2014, 07:50 AM
Get that squid away from me!!!

kaylasdad99
01-20-2014, 12:30 PM
The cow said "moo," and the goat said "Are you mooin' at me? Are YOU mooin' at ME? I don't see anybody else here..."

simster
01-20-2014, 12:33 PM
The cow said "moo," and the goat said "Are you mooin' at me? Are YOU mooin' at ME? I don't see anybody else here..."

It's a moo point anyway....

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