What's the standard spelling of this word in the industry?

I've seen it both ways, and I want to just settle once and for all the proper, accepted way it's used. A quick search comes up with most people spelling it "Whoosh".

Please let me know your thoughts.


7 Answers 7


I default to 'whoosh'. I've seen 'woosh' but not often. Some people even call it a 'swoosh', 'swish' or 'wipe'!

  • Thanks for the rapid answer, Jay. I'm trying to find one of those fountains to record for you!
    – Utopia
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:23
  • I concur. I think I've only seen Woosh once. Otherwise, always Whoosh Feb 5, 2013 at 18:25
  • ditto. i use the H
    – Rene
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:29

wHoosh. The H adds the power! :P


Whoosh is the standard way to spell this word. Woosh is just a variant, onomatopoeic words sometimes have variants, such as yeah or yeh (yeh is the variant of yeah), or yea or yah.


I use the H also, but i usually think of the whoosh as the big processed and i reserve swish for smaller sounding stuff like the spoon whips before processing.


All in all i agree with Jay, though for me normally a whoosh is a form of non-diegetic stinger or transition, and swishes are diegetic movement, with swooshes as large-body ditto, like passing trains or tipping monoliths and such.


I always spell it as whoosh. Interestingly though, when you want a swoosh, that word has no "H" after the "W"


Whoosh is standard. Woosh is common across the pond (uk)... but for sfx libraries, always stick with the H!

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