whisper of wind in the trees, noise of leaves that move in the wind; whispering sound
An adaptation of the Ancient Greek ψιθύρισµα (psithurisma) or ψιθυρισµός (psithurismos), from ψιθυρίζω (psithurizō, “I whisper”), from ψίθυρος (psithuros, “whispering”, “slanderous”).
An interesting post I found about psithurism:
- (dated) A form of delusional insanity in which the imaginings assume a cheerful or joyous character.
G. Habros, graceful, + mania, insanity
Webster’s Unabridged New Twentieth Century Dictionary, 1956
Though Patience suffers in the Modern Crush, Perchance the Socialistic perorator Might learn a lesson from the great Cunctator!
The rule of Cunctator must have an end, for the rashness of Scipio can only end this war.
He fought again at Cannae, and was, with the son of old Fabius Cunctator, among the very few young officers who escaped alive.
Cunctator Meade may have some lucid moment, and punish Lee for his impertinence.
Did You Know?
A cunctator has a habit of postponing or delaying action, often out of laziness. When you come across this unusual word, it’s very often capitalized — in this case, it refers specifically to the Roman statesman Fabius Maximus, who became well-known for his cautious military strategy against the Carthaginians during the Second Punic War in the 200s BCE. He was called the Cuncator, Latin for “delayer.”
[Latin cūnctātiō, cūnctātiōn-, from cūnctātus, past participle of cūnctārī, to delay; see konk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
noun de·fen·es·tra·tion dē-ˌfe-nə-ˈstrā-shən\
a throwing of a person or thing out of a window assassination by defenestration
a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office) the
Self-defenestration (autodefenestration) is the act of jumping, propelling oneself, or causing oneself to fall, out of a window.
Thedefenestration, in fact, only precipitated a conflictthat was in any case inevitable.
Be that as it may, his defenestration was coldly abrupt, and in his place, the Football Association resurrected a veteran manager and former England star in Joe Mercer for seven games.
Did You Know?
These days defenestration is often used to describe the forceful removal of someone from public office or from some other advantageous position. History’s most famous defenestration, however, was one in which the tossing out the window was quite literal. On May 23, 1618, two imperial regents were found guilty of violating certain guarantees of religious freedom. As punishment, they were thrown out the window of Prague Castle. The men survived the 50-foot tumble into the moat, but the incident, which became known as the Defenestration of Prague, marked the beginning of the Bohemian resistance to Hapsburg rule that eventually led to the Thirty Years’ War.
The word comes from the New Latin de- (out of or away from) and fenestra (window or opening).