Sough as a verb means to moan, murmur, or sigh, while Sough as a noun means a sighing, rustling, or murmuring sound. Sough originates with the Old English swōgan (to make a noise), which is kin to the Gothic gaswogjan (to groan).
Sough is one of those absolutely lovely descriptive words that I feel should be used all of the time. I mean, the wind can sough through the trees and fields while I wander about, soughing softly at the beauty of it all. Sough is also kinda awesome because I discovered that Gothic is an extinct East Germanic language that was spoken by the Goths which is simply amazing! Of course, sough is a softer version of the Gothic word, but nonetheless it’s just a fun discovery on my part!
Tall grasses soughing in the breeze, rippling like waves upon the land…
Sough is a simple yet rich word and one I am in love with (I have a real love affair with descriptive words, lol). I hope you enjoy sough at least half as much as I do!
Namaste ~ Ella
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