WHAT’S THAT SOUND?

Reader's Digest (India) - - Wordpower -

The word sound has three dif­fer­ent mean­ings. We’re most fa­mil­iar with sound mean­ing “noise,” which is from the Latin sonus and is re­lated to sono­gram, song, son­net, and even swan (“the sound­ing bird”). The sound mean­ing “unim­paired” comes from the Ger­man gesund (“healthy”) and is re­lated to gesund­heit. And the sound mean­ing “body of wa­ter” makes a splashy con­nec­tion to the Old English verb swim­man (“to swim”).

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