having the quality it is describing

nadayoga

New Member
romanian
Hi everybody!

i'm looking for a word in English i found somewhere, but i'm not able to remember it.
= having the quality it is describing
very much like onomatopoeia but not only for natural sounds.
Ex: the word 'short' is short so it is "---".
the word 'long' is not long so it is not "---"

mille grazie!
 
  • DaleC

    Senior Member
    Never came across the word, but what you're describing is a kind of iconicity. If this word really exists, it should appear in textbooks of semiotics (or 'semiology').
     

    M56

    Banned
    Britain. English.
    nadayoga said:
    Hi everybody!

    i'm looking for a word in English i found somewhere, but i'm not able to remember it.
    = having the quality it is describing
    very much like onomatopoeia but not only for natural sounds.
    Ex: the word 'short' is short so it is "---".
    the word 'long' is not long so it is not "---"

    mille grazie!

    "Autological" is the word you seek.

    Sophisticated and polysyllabic are also autological.
     
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