Notebook, 1993-


Mezzo Voce / Sotto Voce,


Hushed, Private, Whispered, Soft, Mysterious . . . . Sound of breeze or rustling . . . . Suggestive, plotting . . .

R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
Whispery adj. like a whisper. 2. abounding in whispers or other soft, mysterious sounds.

Whisper v.i. 1. to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords. 2. talk softly and privately [often implying gossip, slander, plotting, or the like]: the king knew that the courtiers were whipering. 3. [of trees, water, breezes, etc.] to make a soft, rustling sound. -v.t. 4. to utter in whispers. 5. to say or tell in a whisper; to tell privately. 6. to speak to or tell [a person] in a whisper, or privately. -n. 7. the mode of utterance, or the voice, of a person who whispers. 8. something uttered by whispering. 9. a soft, rustling sound like a whisper: the whisper of leaves in the wind. . . .

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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