Word of the day / Rishrush
'I am the criminal who invented it,' Chaim Nachman Bialik admitted of this onomatopoeia, which originated from sound.
The word rishrush (reesh-ROOSH), which refers to a murmur or a rustle, first appeared in 1904 in a story written by Gershon Shufman. It is an onomatopoeia, a special brand of words whose sound echoes their meaning. But Shufman wasn't the one who invented it – it was planted.