Rhyme and Reason

20 Feb

sough –   n.  a soft, continuous, murmuring sound

Classical Usage:  Right before Jane meets Mr. Rochester for the first time as he takes a spill on the treacherous ice, she sits on the stile taking in peacefulness of the night.  “That evening calm betrayed alike the tinkle of the nearest streams, the sough of the most remote.”

Classically Mad Usage:  I’m going to have to work extra hard not to confuse this word with “slough” from Pilgrim’s Progress.  In order to keep them straight I’ve written a little poem.

Would you like to take a trip to the zoo?
It must be more fun than a dip in the slough;
For there may be cats, I’ve seen one or two
And you know what a cat is bound to do.

He emits a sound that warrants a “Wow!”
Not like a owl, or even a cow,
The soft hum I speak of, is not the cat’s meow,
It’s her purr, which is only a sough.


Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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4 responses to “Rhyme and Reason

  1. Christine

    February 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What a delightful way to learn the pronunciation! I’d like to request poems from now on for the classic words of the day. Now what rhymes with opprobrium?

    • Christine

      February 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Maybe moiety will be a harder word to rhyme? And I thought a paragraph with classic words was difficult.


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