Friday, August 1, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \soo-suh-RAY-shun\
Function: noun
A whispering sound; a soft murmur.

"Across the road I can make out the grassy park that runs along the sand and hear, in the distance, the steady susurration of the Atlantic Ocean."

— Michael Dirda, "Excursions", Washington Post, January 2, 2000

If this word is not a perfect example of onomatopoeia [the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent], then I don’t know what is. Okay, let’s just call this one a two-fer.

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

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