As interjections the difference between eish and pish
is that eish
is (south africa) phew; whew; expressing resignation while pish
is an expression of disdain.
As a noun pish is
a sibilant noise (eg "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.
As a verb pish is
to try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (eg "psshh").
(South Africa) phew; whew; expressing resignation
* 2007 , Corinne Squire, HIV in South Africa: Talking About the Big Thing (page 132)
* FCS Integrated English for First Additional Language L3 (page 3)
- You become very happy and forget that eish , when you get home it is then that you remember that you have HIV, but when you are there you are free.
- Eish , I can't believe we're back at this.
A sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.
To try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh").
To express contempt.
- 1606 - act ii, scene 1
- Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd cur of Iceland!
* Most commonly found in the gerund or present participle pishing .
* Dunne, Peter (2006). The Art of Pishing: How to Attract Birds by Mimicking Their Calls . ISBN 9780811732956.
* Langham, G. M.; Contreras, T.A. & Sieving, K.E. (2006).
Why pishing works: Titmouse (Paridae) scolds elicit a generalized response in bird communities]. Ecoscience 13 (4): 485–496. doi:10.2980/1195-6860(2006)13[485:WPWTPS2.0.CO;2