The susurrus of the fountain. (Steven Sidor, in The Mirror’s Edge)
Today’s word is susurrus – one of those words we know we know, but we see them so seldom that we need to chew them a bit before we’re sure. But a word like this is so distinctive that every time you read it you feel you must wait 50 years before you use it in a sentence, in case they sue you for plagiarism.
n. A soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.
[Middle English susurracioun, from Late Latin susurrātiō, susurrātiōn-, from Latin susurrātus, past participle of susurrāre, to whisper, from susurrus, whisper, ultimately of imitative origin.]
su·sur’rant (sŏŏ-sûr’ənt, -sŭr’-), su·sur’rous (-sûr’əs, -sŭr’-) adj.
Sidor, Steven. 2008. The mirror’s edge. New York: St Martin’s Minotaur. [p19]
susurrus. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved April 08, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/susurrus