One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of soothing or softening something.
That makes something soft or softer, or less intense or severe.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From soft + -ing<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From soft + -ing.
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