Wednesday, 18 January 2017


To swish something (a rejection slip perhaps) is to move it through the air, so that it makes a sound. Helpfully my dictionary describes the noise produced as 'a swishing sound'.

You can also swish things away - horses swish tails to dissaude flies from bothering them, scythes can swish the long grass into neat rows of drying hay.

Swish is also another term for something that's a bit posh or smart.

The rate my hair's growing, I'll soon be able swish it in my swish mobile writing retreat.


  1. Just as long as deadlines don't go swishing by.

  2. I had lots of swish notebooks and a snazzy Parker pen for my birthday. You can feel the movement in that word.

    1. You're right, Suzy - it isn't a word which just sits there.


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