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Mar 8, 2013
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gelasin
sprezzatura
polylemma
schadenfreude
palimpsest

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with Anu Garg

palimpsest

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAL-imp-sest)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A writing surface such as a parchment that has been reused after partially or completely erasing the original text.
2. Something reused but still showing traces of its earlier form.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek palimpsestos, from palin (again) + psestos + (scraped). Earliest documented use: 1661 Also see pentimento.

USAGE:
"All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary."
George Orwell; Nineteen Eighty-Four; 1949.

"Her memories, too, are a palimpsest of the real and the staged; their courting scenes in a play."
Molly and the Playwright; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 24, 2010.

See more usage examples of palimpsest in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant. -John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

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