- Blowing a raspberry
Blowing a raspberry or strawberry or making a Bronx cheer is to make a noise signifying derision (and/or silliness), made by sticking out the tongue between the lips and blowing to make a sound reminiscent of
flatulence. In the terminology of phonetics, this sound can be described as an unvoiced linguolabialtrill IPA| [r̼̊] . It is never used in human language phonemically (i.e., to be used as a building block of words), but it is widely used across human cultures.
Nomenclature varies: in the US, "Bronx cheer" is sometimes used; otherwise, in the US and in other English-speaking countries, it is known as a raspberry, rasp or razz—the origin of which is an instance of
Cockney rhyming slang, where the non-rhyming part of a rhyming phrase is used as a synonym. In this case, "raspberry tart" rhymes with "fart". It is first recorded in 1890. [cite web | title = raspberry | url = http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=1998-04-13 | year = 1998-04-13| work = The Mavens' Word of the Day | publisher = Random House| accessmonthday = September 19 | accessyear=2005]
The term "Bronx Cheer" is used sarcastically because it is not a cheer, it is used to show disapproval. The term originated as a reference the sound used by some spectators in
Yankee Stadium, located in the Bronx, New York City. [David Hinkley, "Scorn and disdain: Spike Jones giffs Hitler der old birdaphone, 1942." New York Daily News,"March 3, 2004.http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/2004/03/03/2004-03-03_scorn_and_disdain_spike_jone.html; http://books.google.com/books?id=4YfsEgHLjboC&pg=PA270&lpg=PA270&dq=%2522bronx+cheer%2522+etymology&source=web&ots=7IPKN4oW2g&sig=0PEu-TSsn94XJjLOdtwO_Fm_ynQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=10&ct=result%23PPA269]
In colloquial Persian, "zereshk" is used as a term for showing dissent or disagreement, similar to the usage of "
blowing a raspberry" in English. Although not a vulgar term in that context, it is not used in polite speech.fact|date= April 2008 'Zereshk' () is the Persian name for the dried fruitof " Berberis vulgaris", which are widely cultivated in Iran.
One of the most famous uses of the Bronx cheer is in the song "
Der Fuehrer's Face" (from the Disney animated filmof the same name), as recorded by musical comedian Spike Jonesin 1942, which shows disdain for Adolf Hitlerwith the repeated refrain "We'll Heil! "(Bronx cheer)" Heil! "(Bronx cheer)" Right in Der Fuehrer's Face!"
The term "the bird", better known nowadays as "the finger", an obscene gesture, was also once used in reference to the Bronx cheer. For example, the "razz" sound made by the Spike Jones orchestra for "Der Fuehrer's Face" and other songs was produced by a device called the "birdaphone".
Golden Raspberry Awards
The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town
* [http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/54954/detail/ Video of raspberry blowing at 500 frames per second] , taken with a
high speed camera
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbyljgrove/1425967197/ Image of monkey blowing a raspberry taken at the Oregon Zoo]
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