The words shush, hush and boo
Posted: 22 February 2007 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m interested in the sch-sound that is used as a symbolic for ‘quiet’, as it seems around the world. “Hush” and “Shush” is clearly words, but the sound itself is maybe more of a signal - as it is used also in languages that doesn’t use any sch-sound otherwise (for example Finnish). Also the boo-sound (to scare someone) could maybe be universal (pronounced b+schwa etc). Does anyone know if there are any ideas about the origins of these words/sounds, etymological discussion or anything like that?  Anything written at all? Or does anyone have any inspired conclusion or observation? I’m interested in it all!

Posted: 22 February 2007 07:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome to Wordorigins.

Here’s an archived thread on “shh” and similar sounds.