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The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: August 22, 2004 09:07PM

I think would be greatly enhanced by a downloadable sound byte of Pickwick's gentle "plock, plock."

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Loopy Lou (
Date: August 26, 2004 08:35AM

Yes, good idea.


Yes.... Uh, no.... Actually......I don't know.... Um, hang on.... What was the question again?

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: vampire (
Date: June 16, 2005 12:10AM

yeah, and we should all get free marshmallows

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: July 14, 2005 03:29PM

Of course, how would they recreate the "plock"? I'd imagine it's quite difficult...and I wouldn't want to be disappointed by any old dodo call. This idea you've suggested is a dangerous one indeed...

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: robcraine (
Date: July 18, 2005 11:02PM

Does the plock have any basis in history (anatomy? dodoology?) does anyone know how the sound of a dodo was described by visitors to mauritius?

/me thinks about other fictional dodos
/me turns to the appropriate section of Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency and finds that the only noise the dodo makes is when it 'squarks an impatient squark' whilst trying to persuade Richard to feed it

oh well. Any other suggestions?

Rob, who now wants to be a proffessor of dodoology having made up the word (he thinks) and seen it written down

That statement is either so deep it would take a lifetime to fully comprehend every particle of its meaning, or it is a load of absolute tosh. Which is it, I wonder?
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Anonymous User (162.94.28.---)
Date: August 04, 2005 08:46PM

i always hear elisabeth sastre (the woman who read the first three books in audio) whenever i read the "plock, plock" sound. she does an enthusiatically silly and yet proud plock sound that works quite well.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: robert (
Date: August 18, 2005 03:45AM

Leah wanted to know how they'd recreate the "plock".

Hit Google for 'plock sound' and go to the Folklore magazine article where one Marty Reisman says that "kerplock-plock" is the sound a ping pong rally makes.
I'm presuming that the "ker" is the sound of the racket hit, soooo.....

what is really needed is a sound-bite of a ping pong ball bouncing.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: August 21, 2005 10:11PM

Ok- so, the book takes place in Britain, right? And I'm not British. So I'm trying to imagine an Eliza Doolittle (I know that practically no one talks like that, but I'm ignorant, ok?) "plock".

It's the Twilight zone.

I seriously want to spell that "twighlight". But that doesn't work.

I'm not digging the ping-pong ball...I kind of think of a large stone dropping in water.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: bunyip (
Date: April 22, 2007 02:59PM


Auditory perception is unique to the individual, and linguistically any symbol(s) may represent a sound, so for the dodo to have its sound recorded as 'plock, plock' does not imply that the sound you associate with those symbols is the same as the dodo does.

Besides, if you had a craving for marshmallows you would probably find enunciation of any other sound difficult while maintaining a hold on the source of your pleasure.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A picture is worth a thousand words. A chocolate is worth a thousand pictures.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: April 23, 2007 09:24AM

Hi Bunyip.

As you say, "linguistically any symbol(s) may represent a sound", however while writing in English, the onomatopoeic word "plock" is made of a set of symbols with pre-assigned sounds.
The sound produced is fixed: it is only an individual's perception of that sound which varies. Even allowing for an individual's differing auditory perceptions, which must be slight for viable communication to be possible, would not the variations in perception between two people be constant and so their hearing of "plock" while different, be different in a constant way? The dodo's perception of its own sound is immaterial.

I'm going for the sound of a small rock falling onto a ping-pong table.


My computer beat me at chess, but I won at kickboxing

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: PrinzHilde (
Date: April 23, 2007 01:58PM

There is a french-german TV programme called karambolage that, between a lot of other things, compares onomatopoetic representations of sounds in german and french language. (You get to see some people from both countries who apparently got asked things like: "Make a sound like a cow!") It is extremely instructional.

Could you, for example, imagine the vast differences between the sound representation of sneezing? German: Hatschi! French: Atchoum! ...and in english, I found two spellings which even differ in the number of syllables: atishoo! and achoo!

I can remember there was also once a comparison between echoisms for the cry of a cock, where not only the different languages had completely different perceptions of what is heard (kikeriki vs. cocorico vs. cock-a-doodle-doo), even all the individuals trying to imitate the sounds did widely different things with them!

So, only one thing is sure: 'plock' may be a lot of things.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: April 23, 2007 07:27PM

i think the "plock" sound bite is a brilliant idea.

and i agree with vampire.

we should all get free marshmallows.

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: Planet Cool (
Date: January 27, 2008 02:34AM

vampire Wrote:
> yeah, and we should all get free marshmallows

Oh yes. I won't stand on one leg for nothing, you know.


Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. -Mel Brooks

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: pickle_guy (
Date: March 02, 2009 03:03AM

Marshmallows for the people!! I would listen to a dodo sound bite all day!

Don't expect the expected:
Expect the unexpected.
If you expect the expected
I expect you will remain unexpected.

-from the teachings of St Zvlkx

Re: The call of the Dodo
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: March 05, 2009 10:45AM

Hi pickle_guy!

as you will have noticed, the book-specific forums tend to be quite quiet after the book has been around for a while. You will find far more activity in the "Nextian Chat" forum, where there are games, cyber food (I specialise in pies), serious, semi-serious and downright silly discussions on all topics. Few of the residents bite, so feel free to make yourself known over there.

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