I was looking at a poem with a lovely sparky boy I tutor privately. I said the word 'oozed' was an onomatopoeic word. He pointed out that something that oozes doesn't actually make a sound, it's an action. When I thought about this it seemed to make sense. So, I set him off to find out the answer and I said I would do the same- the wager being a bar of chocolate. I asked my department if it was an onomatopoeia and they agreed with him that it wasn't. Fast forward to the next week and him sitting smugly while I told him he was right, he had just been basking in his glory when I was looking through notes from the official Wilfred Owen website when we came across this: '(9-10) A remarkable simile illustrates nature's healing power. "Oozed" - another onomatopoeic word straight from Keats.' Argh! The whole thing started up again! My instinct told me it was but when considered logically (from my understanding of the term), it can't be as it doesn't make a sound. Thoughts please... there's a bar of chocolate riding on it!