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Jul 6, 2021
This week’s theme
Words used metaphorically

This week’s words
papier-mache
sough
woolgathering
scabby
flagship

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sough

PRONUNCIATION:
(suhf, sau)

MEANING:
verb intr.:To make a moaning, sighing, whistling, murmuring, or rustling sound.
noun:1. Such a sound.
 2. A rumor.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English swogan (to rustle, whistle, etc.). Earliest documented use: before 1066.

USAGE:
“Or one could tell the name of the estate,
and gesture toward imagined slopes,
or sound the wind that soughs among the
leaves at evening when the fruit is taking shape.”
Catharine Savage Brosman; Olives; The Southern Review; Spring 2000.

“‘Why, sir,’ says Alan, ‘I think I will have heard some sough of the sort.’”
Robert Louis Stevenson; Kidnapped; Cassell and Company; 1886.

See more usage examples of sough in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics. -Peter Singer, philosopher, professor of bioethics (b. 6 Jul 1946)

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