Thursday, March 24, 2016

Word of the day: sough

The word of the day is sough:
  1. to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound: the wind soughing in the meadow.
  2. Scot. and North England. to speak, especially to preach, in a whining, singsong voice.
"to make a moaning or murmuring sound," O.E. swogan, from P.Gmc. *swoganan (cf. O.S. swogan "to rustle," Goth. gaswogjan "to sigh"), from PIE imitative base *(s)wagh- (cf. Gk. echo). The noun is c.1381, from the verb.

"Seawater steadily lapped at the undersides of the floes, creating a soughing sound that was comforting in its constancy, like the flutter of a million insect wings."

 - Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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