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Visual Vocabulary: Sirocco

Sirocco: a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand. As in, “I was doing my spring cleaning and managed to whip up quite the sirocco. I guess I should probably bust out the Swiffer more often.”


This is going to be one of the words I just know I’ll attempt to use in future and get the pronunciation and/or spelling wrong. In the last five minutes I’ve spelled it “sorocco,” “sicorro” and “soccoro.” Whatever, the fancy name for the dust cloud, you know which one I mean! I can remember harmattan just fine, but it’s a bit more geographically specific. However, once again I need to point out that a captious Mr. Carson would not be amused with the source of this sirocco.

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.