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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
It’s that time of the year when the letter L gets to lie down and loosen up. In this week’s words, all other letters make an appearance, they report for duty, but L gets some time off.
At least that’s what we tell it. In reality, no one is working. We are having a party sans L. Why? Because it’s a No el celebration. Joyeux Noel!
noun: An extreme softness, smoothness, or delicacy, especially in works of art, sculpture, music, etc.
From Italian morbidezza (softness, smoothness), from morbido (soft, smooth), from Latin morbidus (diseased), from morbus (disease). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mer- (to rub away or to harm), which also gave us morsel, mordant, mortal, mortgage, nightmare, amaranth, amaranthine, daymare, mortify, premorse, and ambrosia. Earliest documented use: 1624.
“I accompanied them to the door; what a pretty effect the snow background gives to young faces; it lends a pretty morbidezza to the colouring, a sort of very delicate green tinge to the paler shades.”
Arthur Christopher Benson; The Altar Fire; The Floating Press; 2014.
“The four Bellini songs are all gentle, slow, melancholy melodies dripping with morbidezza.”
Charles H. Parsons; Treasures of Bel Canto; American Record Guide (Washington, DC); Mar/Apr 2016.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. -John Morley, statesman and writer (24 Dec 1838-1923)