"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 22 October 2009


Bruit means noise and clamour, and by extension rumours and reports made public.
In particular it is the noise that can be heard when listening to a partially blocked artery through a stethoscope.
"My doctor was not impressed when he heard the bruit - hence my angiogram."


  1. I love this and will enjoy coming back frequently. I never thought to keep a record of 'new' words I come across though I do love it when i find myself reading something and it has unfamiliar vocabulary, I tend to think of it as a good sign in a book.
    thanks for sharing
    much love Martine

  2. 'Bruit' is French for noise. Interesting that the English version is specifcially for what I would term as White Noise.