Take a deep breath …

Who_Do_You_Aspire_To_Be__by_Luienmera

Who Do You Aspire to Be? by Luienmera (Emily)

Good morning, folks!

Is there any better way to start your day than taking a deep breath before you go? I do this myself, enjoying the crisp air of the early morning, it gives me the right mood and energy to start my day. Air is also evoked by today’s word by A.Word.A.Day. – air in, air out, circulating in our body, flowing in our veins, flying away from our mouth as a breath, as a word, as an idea …

aspirate

PRONUNCIATION:
(verb: AS-puh-rayt, noun: AS-puhr-it)
MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To pronounce a sound with an exhalation of breath.
2. To pronounce the h sound at the beginning of a word as (hwich) for which.
3. To inhale something (such as a fluid) into the lungs, as after throwing up.
4. To draw a fluid from a body cavity by suction.noun:
1. The sound represented by h.
2. A speech sound followed by an audible puff of breath.
3. The matter removed from a body cavity by suction.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin aspirare (to breathe, blow). Earliest documented use: 1669.
USAGE:
“Woody Allen’s tone is often aspirated and screechy, lacking the clarinet’s melted chocolate smoothness.”
Steven Mirkin; Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band at UCLA; The Hollywood Reporter; Dec 31, 2011.
“Whitney Houston brings out the aspirates or glottals at the start of each word.”
Alexandra Coghlan; A Voice That Destroyed Itself; New Statesman (London, UK); Feb 20, 2012.
“This condition causes everything that he eats to aspirate into his lungs.”
Benefit Dinner; Idaho State Journal (Pocatello); Dec 1, 2011.
ITALIAN TRANSLATION:
Verb
1. Aspirare (phonetics)
2. Aspirare, risucchiare (aria, liquido, etc.)
Noun
1. (Vocale) Aspirata (phonetics)
2. (Materiale) aspirato ai fini diagnostici (medicine)
One remark about the Italian word ‘aspirare‘: as a verb, it has a further meaning, i.e. aspire/strive/aim to some higher goal, a better future, a dream. And you, Who do you aspire to be?
Your passionate (Italian) Translator
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