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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Unknown Noun, Now Known

Our magna cum laude readership has provided the answer to our last post's ringing question: as seeing is to sight, speaking is to speech, and feeling is to touch, hearing is to "audition."

We had to look it up, because to us, "audition" is something our band did in high school and got laughed at. But, sure enough: audition is "the act or sense of hearing."

Audition is Latinate, and not a nice, tight word like sight, speech, or touch. But it's better than smell and olfaction, we guess.

Thanks to our erudite readers!

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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