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 – Abnormous

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Abnormous (adj) (rare)

ab-nor-mus

Originally meant irregular, misshapen, but has come to mean overly enormous. Mainly US American use.

Earliest use of this is 1747 by bookseller Edmund Curll, thought to be from classic Latin abnormis.

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Word of the Day – Hooligan

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Hooligan (noun)

hoo-li-gun

A violent young trouble maker, often the member of a gang.

Fascinating etymology, hooligan comes from the Irish surname Houlihan. In the 1890s and through to the turn of the century, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name became synonymous with disruptive and thuggish behaviour.

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