Monday, October 11, 2004

I heart sparklies.

A heartfelt thanks to a faithful reader who IM'd me the following today saying he just thought it was something I would appreciate...and I do!!!

The Word of the Day for October 9 is:
coruscate • \KOR-uh-skayt\ • verb *1 : to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes : sparkle 2 : to be brilliant or showy in technique or style

Example sentence:Nora quipped, "All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous," meaning "all that glitters is not gold."

Did you know?To help you gain a flash of recognition next time you see "coruscate" (or to prompt you when you need a brilliant synonym for "sparkle"), remember this bit of bright imagery by George Bernard Shaw, describing a centuries-old abbey: "O'er this north door a trace still lingers / Of how a Gothic craftsman's fingers / Could make stones creep like ivy stems / And tilings coruscate like gems." The more mundane can just memorize the word's etymology although it's not a shining example of remarkableness. "Coruscate" developed from the Latin "coruscare," which means "to flash." That word also gave us the noun "coruscation" ("glitter, sparkle") and the adjective "coruscant" ("shining, glittering"), long before "coruscate" was even a glimmer in English-speakers' eyes (it first appeared in English prose in the 18th century).
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