Sunday, January 05, 2014

word: susurrus

A wonderful, onomatopoeic word discovery in Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men:
Another and larger part of Tiffany's brain was thinking of the word susurrus. It was a word that not many people have thought about, ever. [...]
Susurrus... according to her grandmother's dictionary, it meant "a low soft sound, as of whispering or muttering." Tiffany liked the taste of the word. It made her think of mysterious people in long cloaks whispering important secrets behind a door: susurrusssusurrusss... (4)
Emphasis not mine.

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