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Music to My Ears - A Brand New Word - Psithurism

Industry Observer with Nature As Neighbors

We really do learn something new everyday. This morning, I ( Debb ), was delighted to learn a new word for one of my favorite sounds. The word is psithurism. Psithurism is the sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. Psithurism comes from the Greek word psithuros, which means whispering.


And when you think about it, it's a perfect description of the sound. Late at night, when the wind plays through the branches of our nearby trees, it's easy to hear whispering sounds. At times, even imagine the trees gently talking, or softly calling a name. It's comforting, at least it is to me. 

Different trees create different sounds too. John Muir described it this way, "Winds are advertisments of what they touch." Further, he suggested, each tree expresses itself, "singing its own song, and making its own peculiar gestures."  

Now that's truly music to my ears. At the end of the video, I pronounce the word psithurism for you. 


                           Psithurism - Tree Whispers from News and Views of Clark County on Vimeo.










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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I love it. It's not a word I've ever heard before, but it would have been so appropriate last night. The gentle breezes turned to gale force winds and the sounds went from peaceful to frightening. Thanks for this!

Nov 30, 2019 11:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Debb... that is new word for me as well! And it's so unusual I don't think I'll ever forget it!

Nov 30, 2019 12:44 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Who would have guessed there was a special word for such a beautiful sound. So cool. I like a gentle breeze on a hot summer day. Very refreshing. Now if it is too windy the trailer really rocks. Shakes my bed pretty good. That isn't as nice.

Nov 30, 2019 12:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Psithurism. . .That's a new word for me too, Debb!  And, I hadn't realized that wind sounds different when blowing through different kinds of trees.  I need to pay attention for that.

Nov 30, 2019 02:57 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Tonite we had a synphony of rain drops...nature really creats music unlike any other instrument.

Nov 30, 2019 11:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - I like learning new words as well.  Admittedly, I may not remember this exact word or how to pronounce it, but I will recognize that there is a word for the sound I have recognized for so long.  The John Muir quote enhances your post and the introduction of the word.

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Dec 01, 2019 06:36 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Debb,
I love the word. Like others, I did not know this word before either. I actually looked it up on YouTube to be sure I was pronouncing it right (with the p silent). 

Dec 01, 2019 07:44 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Debb I can hear the wind whistling through the trees now! Intersting word too! The other morning we woke up to many trees being knocked out of their roots and down on the main road out of our neighborhood. Huge storm.....we need another word as cool as your new word for that sound!!

Dec 01, 2019 09:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb- what a fun new word!!! You truly are living the Nature as Neighbors life!  In our old neighborhood in Delray there was a huge Australian pine. When the wind was strong I loved to stand near it and listen to its voice!!! 

Dec 02, 2019 02:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the new word lesson!

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Dec 05, 2019 12:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I shared your new word on my Facebook timeline. 

Dec 05, 2019 12:27 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Thanks Roy Kelley - I saw it on Facebook. :) 

Dec 05, 2019 01:18 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I see a lot of good moving forward with this. You definitely have my word on this one.

Dec 05, 2019 08:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb, I always love new words, the larger our vocabulary the better we can help our clients:)Endre

Dec 05, 2019 10:59 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - that is perfect and another great element of "nature as neighbors."

Dec 08, 2019 06:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Now, that is a term I did not know, Debb! Thanks for the lesson. I sounded it out and was surprised to hear that I got the pronunciation correct after listening to your video!

Love Muir's interpretation too - "Winds are advertisements of what they touch."

Dec 08, 2019 07:50 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD when we truly listen, we'll experience the true sounds of nature.... it's a learning experience to listen to the sounds of nature..... you have that skill down to a science.... a natural science.

Dec 10, 2019 03:42 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

thank you for teaching me a new word!  Psithurism is a word I am going to work into my conversation!

Dec 10, 2019 07:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a great word - never heard of it.

The tree sounds around our house are quite different because of the palms fronds which move against each other. I always enjoyed listening to the ind at my Mom's house back in PA because it was surrounded by very tall pine trees which sound so different from tree with leaves.


Dec 10, 2019 07:45 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for adding to my vocabulary, this morning, with the word Psithurism.

I enjoyed your video escape also!

Enjoy your Saturday Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 01, 2020 07:12 AM