noisome / noisy 


I guess many of you are familiar with the word noisy: neighbours keeping their TV at fill volume; or hotel guests next to your room get into a loud argument; or the continuous heavy traffic on the street outside your house.

However, do you know the word noisome? The first 4 letters are the same as noisy and they share a similar concept – something which is displeasing. While noisy refers specifically to sound, noisome refers to something or someone extremely unpleasant. A rude or filthy neighbour could be described as noisome. Politicians who open secret bank accounts in Panama to hide money stolen from the people are noisome (and some other adjectives besides!)

So there you are. Here’s wishing you never have to meet someone who is both noisy and noisome.


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