Word of the Day – Sough

By January 10, 2017Word of the Day

Sough (verb)

suff or sa-ow

(of the wind in trees, the sea, etc.) make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound.

A word that probably warrants two separate entries as it can be pronounced in two totally different ways and can also be used as a noun [in singular] A moaning, whistling, or rushing sound as made by the wind in the trees or the sea.

Example sentences

“The wind soughed in the grass and there was the hiss of the tumbling river.”

“A sough escapes her lips as her body lands on the ground.”

Word of the Day – Sumptuary

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Sumptuary (adj) (historical)

sump-too-ur-ee

Relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items.

Early 17th century: from Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus ‘cost, expenditure’, from sumere ‘take’.

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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