brekekekex

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek βρεκεκεκέξ (brekekekéx), via Aristophanes.

Interjection[edit]

brekekekex

  1. (nonce word) Nonsense word supposedly imitative of frogs.
    Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax,
    Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax!
    We children of the fountain and the lake
    Let us wake
    Our full choir-shout, as the flutes are ringing out,
    Our symphony of clear-voiced song.
    The song we used to love in the Marshland up above,
    In praise of Dionysus to produce,
    Of Nysaean Dionysus, son of Zeus,
    When the revel-tipsy throng, all crapulous and gay,
    To our precinct reeled along on the holy Pitcher day,
    Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax. -- Chorus of the frogs, from The Frogs of Aristophanes