Nov . 8, 2013: I learned a new word today. If you don't use a new word, you lose it. In fact, some educational psychologists say you must hear and use a new word at least 35 times before it becomes a kept portion of your vocabulary. The word I learned is "psithurism" (1) (sith-err-iz-um) which is the sound the wind makes when moving through trees. How on earth, I thought, am I going to manage to use the word "psithurism" (2) thirty five times in conversation or in prose. Perhaps in a greeting, "Good morning! Such a nice day with a gentle psithurism (3) in the air". But then folks might look at me a little odd and I'm not expecting to greet 35 people psithurectically (4) anytime soon. But then it struck me - my blog! On a blog you can subject the world or your reader(s-maybe) to all manners of repetition. Yes I will blog about psithurism (5). Psithurisms (6) a good idea, I think.

I discovered this word (psithurism (7)) on an online seminar for arborists. The author of the online article (on psithursim (8)) talked about how the great bards of the past, Longfellow, Thoreau, Liu Chi had been inspired to write great prose and poetry by the sound of wind moving through the trees (psithurism (9)). How they had waxed poetically about how the trunk, form and leaf texture of a tree affects it's tonal, or shall I say psithurectic (10) properties. How we arborists might want to look at the technical side of psithurism (11). How one group of people hear the wind (psithurism (12)) . . . . . I'm getting tired of this as , I'm sure, are you, so let's get it over with - psithurism, psithurism, psithurism, psithurism x 20) . Anyways, how one group of people hear the wind and anaylze it's effects on our soul, and another, like we arborists, analyze it's effects. Perhaps there's a little bit of scientist trapped in a poet's soul and a little bit of poet in the scientist.

Is there a difference in the psithurism (36) of a Doug fir forest, with its short needles and dense crown and a lodgepole pine forest with its large needles and open crowns? Does rough bark make more noise than smooth bark? Does an oak in summer sound different than an oak in winter? I don't know. But then I've never stopped and taken the time to psithurize (37) the moment. Next time I'm pruning a tree I believe I will.

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