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A.Word.A.Day--acescent

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

acescent (uh-SES-uhnt) adjective

Turning sour; slightly sour.

[From Latin acescere (to turn sour). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp) that's also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, and mediocre.]

"Heaven indeed must be a very dull place to inspire such saccharine chords from the composer of the acescent and biting Elektra."
Carl Van Vechten; In the Garret; Kessinger Publishing; 2005.

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The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos. -Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist, author (1941-2002)

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