Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Sa and soughing

#unihan #hanzi #chinese #kanji 

There is a rather archaic verb nowadays rarely used even in poetry that refers to the sound of branches moving in the wind sough and yes the gh is silent. The original Old English form was probably swoogan.
Chinese has a verb SA which can translate this verb and also the word rustle.

Soughing is a sound hard to describe. Unlike rustling its more the sound of branches and the whole tree or a group of trees moving in a strong wind whereas rustling can occur in a breeze. You have to hear it to understand it. It's what of those .. ah that's what the writers meant moments if you get to have it!

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