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t’chk t’chk.
interj.  a sympathetic cluck in response to sobering news.

<“Struck down,” said the Rector, “struck down by this wretched scourge of influenza.  Quite helpless.  Delirious.  They have sent for Dr. Baines.”  “T’chk, t’chk,” said Mrs. Venables.  —Dorothy L. Sayers, The Nine Tailors.>

t’t’t’t’t’t.
n.  the stuttering trill of the Killdeer bird during courtship, alarm, and aggressive encounters, as described in Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior, Volume 2 by Donald Stokes.


t-krrrk.
n.  the dry, rhythmic call of the inconspicuous Yellow-Eared Toucanet bird, as described in A Guide to the Birds of Panama by Robert S. Ridgely.


t-t-t-rrrrrrrr.
n.  the rolling, speeding-up call of the Blue-eared Barbet, as described in Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides: Ramphastidae, Capitonidae and Indicatoridae by Lester L. Short.


t-t-t-t-t.
n.  a stutter.

<He trembles and cannot speak, only stutter, in what may be the shortest line ever written in blank verse: ‘T-t-t-t-t …’  —Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49.>

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