A new word I could actually use if I remembered it: sough.

@TheHorse (165980)
Walnut Creek, California
November 22, 2022 10:44am CST
As I've mentioned I get a new word every day from "Word Genius." I don't know how I got signed up for their email list, but it seems innocent enough. Today's word is "sough," a word I'd never heard before. But it's one I could actually use, as I love the sound of a nearby creek, or the ocean tumbling in, or wind in the trees. I do use "sew," as in sewing, and I believe that one "sows" seeds, though I'd have to check. Let me use "sough" in a couple of sentences and see if I can remember it later this afternoon. "In Santa Barbara, I used to fall asleep to the sough of the ocean, gently lapping against the shore." "Jackie likes to lead me to the fence, were the sough of the nearby creek relaxes us." Here's the definition from the email. Had you ever heard of this word? ----- 1.A moaning, whistling, or rushing sound as made by the wind in the trees or the sea. Examples of Sough in a sentence "We could hear the gentle sough of the creek before we could see it." "The house was surrounded by corn fields, which emitted a sough every time the wind picked up."
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@DaddyEvil (102942)
• United States
22 Nov
I've never heard anyone use "sough" but I've read it in books before. It's not a word that occurs to me in everyday speech.
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@DaddyEvil (102942)
• United States
23 Nov
@TheHorse I honestly don't know. I read a lot of books written by English writers as well as American writers.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
@DaddyEvil Do you read P.G. Wodehouse? I have learned a few British terms from him.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
I hadn't heard it (or read it, to my recollection) before. I wonder if English writers use it more than American writers.
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@wolfgirl569 (64937)
• Marion, Ohio
23 Nov
Never heard it and would probably never use it
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@wolfgirl569 (64937)
• Marion, Ohio
24 Nov
@TheHorse Not anywhere near me. And I like babbling better. It sounds more comforting.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
But don't you have calm babbling brooks there?
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov
@wolfgirl569 If you described an ocean or the wind in pine trees as "babbling" you might win a "bad poetry" award.
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@BarBaraPrz (39300)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
22 Nov
It's an old word, and I have known it for ages, but I prefer to pronounce it to rhyme with cow.
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@BarBaraPrz (39300)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Nov
@TheHorse Where?
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
We got us a war goin' on here.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
@BarBaraPrz Everyone wants to pronounce it slightly differently.
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@celticeagle (139616)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Nov
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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@celticeagle (139616)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Nov
@TheHorse ..........I would just pronounce like a word that is spelled like it is.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov
@celticeagle Like "trough"?
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
Do you think you'll try to remember this one. I remembered it just now, even if I still don't really know how to pronounce it.
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@kaylachan (39628)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Nov
I've never heard of that word. Sounds interesting.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
I just practiced it as I was returning to this post. So far, I remember it.
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@kaylachan (39628)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Nov
@TheHorse And, I forgot until I checked my notifications.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
@kaylachan I still can't figure out how to pronounce it right. I even looked it up but came away confused.
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@LadyDuck (416426)
• Switzerland
23 Nov
This is a word that I hear (and read) for the very first time.
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@LadyDuck (416426)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
@TheHorse - As English is not my language I have no suggestions.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
Now we're trying to figure out if there's a "best" pronunciation.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Nov
@LadyDuck I will try to remember the word and ask people from various places how they pronounce it. But my hunch is it's not a very common word, no matter which English-speaking country one is from.
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@much2say (49057)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Nov
So funny - my first read, it was like a shortened word for "sourdough" . Never heard of it! I do know the sound, just did not realize there was a word for it!
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@much2say (49057)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Nov
@TheHorse Yah - sough as in dough . . . or sough as in rough. ???
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
I'm not even sure if I'm pronouncing it right.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
@much2say Still not sure!
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@FourWalls (49217)
• United States
22 Nov
I’ve read it in a book or two but it’s not one of those everyday conversation words.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
I wonder if it's more common in British English than American English.
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@RasmaSandra (59556)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Nov
I have never heard of this word, Interesting I wonder if I could use it in some of my poetry, Let's see - over the sough of the waves rushing to shore, I thought I heard you calling my name. OK, it does work. Nice now I just have to remember it,
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@RasmaSandra (59556)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Nov
@TheHorse how about sough and bough
@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
I am trying to remember things that almost rhyme with it, or kindo sound like it. "I tend to sow pearls before swine." "My grandma likes to sew."
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@JudyEv (293677)
• Rockingham, Australia
22 Nov
Good for you. I've heard of 'sough' and there is also 'slough' - to shed skin or whatever. Is it pronounced like 'how' or just 'so'?
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
I'll practice. And what's the word that means "a whole bunch"?
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
@JudyEv That'll work.
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@JudyEv (293677)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Nov
@TheHorse If you want two words, what about 'a lot'?
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@lovebuglena (38109)
• Staten Island, New York
23 Nov
I've never seen this word or heard of it. I think sow refers to farming or gardening but don't remember exactly what it means.
@LindaOHio (109106)
• United States
23 Nov
I've never heard of it.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
I had not either. But I DID remember it when I woke up this morning..
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@LindaOHio (109106)
• United States
23 Nov
@TheHorse Good job! You have one more word in your vocabulary.
@Beestring (8560)
• Hong Kong
23 Nov
That's interesting. I've learned a new word.
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@TheHorse (165980)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Nov
I actually remembered it when I woke up this morning!
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@Beestring (8560)
• Hong Kong
23 Nov