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What Does whisper Mean
The verb musitar comes from the Latin word mussitāre . It is a term that refers to babbling or mumbling .
He who mumbles , therefore, is muttering. When muttering, something is communicated or transmitted in a very low and unclear voice .
In some contexts, musing is synonymous with "murmuring"
For example: "Before losing consciousness, the man came to whisper the name of the aggressor, thereby providing very valuable information for the development of the investigation" , "Every time the boss gives an order, however ridiculous it may be. In other words, no one dares to mumble a complaint for fear of losing their job ” , “ In the middle of the storm, I was surprised to hear myself mutter a song that my grandmother used to hum to me in my distant childhood ” .
Let's look at the three examples presented in the previous paragraph one by one to study the meaning of this term in context. In the first case we have a man who has just been attacked on the public highway and is about to faint; However, with his last strength , he tries to say the name of whoever attacked him, something that is very useful for the police officers who will be in charge of finding and arresting the culprit.
The second sentence does not focus on the lack of strength of those who speak in this way but uses another point of view, to show that the fear imposed by the employer on their work team is so great that they are not even capable of questioning his orders by muttering, that is, expressing himself in the weakest and most timid way possible ; they opt for absolute silence.
The last example presents us with a person who finds herself whispering a song from her childhood. The verb musitar in this case does not add a nuance of lack of strength, but of sweetness and softness . In addition, it is important to highlight that the subject does not do it voluntarily, and that is why it would be inappropriate to use the verb to sing .
Contexts in which it is applied
Various causes can lead to musing instead of another kind of expression. Whoever mutters many times does so because they do not have the strength to speak normally. A dying person, to mention one possibility, is likely to be able to mutter, but not to converse.
It can also be mused as a way of talking to yourself . Suppose a woman is developing a very difficult activity that requires great concentration. While carrying out the task, you can whisper: "Easy, you're doing very well ..." . These words allow you to encourage yourself.
Not daring to whisper a complaint to the employer
Nuances of its use
A locution that is pronounced without conviction , on the other hand, may be the result of muttering. A criminal, when caught by the police while committing a robbery, may mutter "I am innocent" , despite knowing that he is not and that the agents are also aware of his guilt.
In this case we can appreciate the lack of force that usually characterizes the verb musitar not as a matter beyond the will of the subject, but quite the opposite: as a resource that takes advantage of so that the message is not delivered clearly .
Although in a context where the control of words is very strict we cannot save ourselves by muttering a lie, it may seem like a good decision for someone who is in a very difficult situation, from which it seems almost impossible to escape. One of the benefits that the person can try to achieve is that no one denies the fact that they have answered a question: if a lie is preferable to silence .