Word Of The Day 5-22-2017

 

Psithurism

noun

Definition

whisper of wind in the trees, noise of leaves that move in the wind; whispering sound

Origin

An adaptation of the Ancient Greek ψιθύρισµα (psithurisma) or ψιθυρισµός (psithurismos), from ψιθυρίζω (psithurizō, “I whisper”), from ψίθυρος (psithuros, “whispering”, “slanderous”).


http://www.yourdictionary.com/psithurism


An interesting post I found about psithurism:

https://sesquiotic.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/psithurism/

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3 thoughts on “Word Of The Day 5-22-2017

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  2. From Waiting for Godot, Act II:
    [Psithurism would have fit right in this dialogue.]

    ESTRAGON:
    All the dead voices.
    VLADIMIR:
    They make a noise like wings.
    ESTRAGON:
    Like leaves.
    VLADIMIR:
    Like sand.
    ESTRAGON:
    Like leaves.
    Silence.
    VLADIMIR:
    They all speak at once.
    ESTRAGON:
    Each one to itself.
    Silence.
    VLADIMIR:
    Rather they whisper.
    ESTRAGON:
    They rustle.
    VLADIMIR:
    They murmur.
    ESTRAGON:
    They rustle.
    Silence.
    VLADIMIR:
    What do they say?
    ESTRAGON:
    They talk about their lives.
    VLADIMIR:
    To have lived is not enough for them.
    ESTRAGON:
    They have to talk about it.
    VLADIMIR:
    To be dead is not enough for them.
    ESTRAGON:
    It is not sufficient.
    Silence.

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