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 – Bunkum

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Bunkum (noun)

bun-kum

Nonsense, untrue

Mid 19th century (originally buncombe): named after Buncombe County in North Carolina, mentioned in an inconsequential speech made by its congressman solely to please his constituents ( c 1820).

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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