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diaphanous
lucubrate
acarpous
coetaneous
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with Anu Garg

An odd lot. That's what this week's five words are. They don't fit in a theme, but they're useful anyway, as we pick one word at a time when writing or speaking. And while all words are usable, these five words may, in fact, be more usable than others we've had lately. So give them a spin. Let them take you where they will, in this random walk through the dictionary.

diaphanous

PRONUNCIATION:
(dy-AF-uh-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Transparent, light, or delicate.
2. Vague or hazy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin diaphanus (transparent), from Greek diaphanes, from diaphainein (to show through), from dia- (across) + phainein (to show). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to shine) that is also the source of beacon, banner, phantom, photo, phosphorus, phenomenon, fantasy, and epiphany.

USAGE:
"In its main sale of the week, the house will offer five watercolors by Turner spanning his career, including the late picture 'The Brunig Pass from Meiringen, Switzerland', a whirlwind of diaphanous color and light."
Above and Beyond; The New Yorker; Feb 2, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)

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