Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sones

My youngest son recently sent an email to his father in which he misspelled "son" as "sone", prompting the latter to look up "sone", find it appropriate, and add a second definition.

Sone
Pronunciation: \ˈsōn\ Function: noun.
Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin sonus sound.
1. Date: 1948 : a subjective unit of loudness for an average listener equal to the loudness of a 1000-hertz sound that has an intensity 40 decibels above the listener's own threshold of hearing.
2: A male child in relation to his parents, before he has learned the value of quiet.

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