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    swish and woosh

    Is there any difference in meaning between the verbs 'to swish' and 'to woosh'?
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    Re: swish and woosh

    If you had asked about "swish" and "swoosh", I might have been inclined to say there isn't much difference though context would prompt a more exact answer, as usual.

    However, you asked about "woosh" which, to me, is just a noise people make to indicate something moving fast.
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    Re: swish and woosh

    You'll also see the preferred spelling 'whoosh'.

    EDIT: 'swoosh' is also possible—with a similar meaning.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Sep-2017 at 10:33.

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    Re: swish and woosh

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you had asked about "swish" and "swoosh", I might have been inclined to say there isn't much difference though context would prompt a more exact answer, as usual.


    However, you asked about "woosh" which, to me, is just a noise people make to indicate something moving fast.

    But in the dictionary ''whoosh (or woosh)'' is also defined as a verb, and they give an example: ‘a train whooshed by’ (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/whoosh) Is it just a matter of preference for native speakers (to use or not to use ''woosh'' as a verb)?
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