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It's human nature to seek patterns: some find the shapes of elephants in the clouds, the face of Jesus in a piece of burnt tortilla, and spelling coincidences in the names of Kennedy and Lincoln assassins.
There's a pattern, too, in this week's words, even if it's not very apparent. Can you find it? If you think you know the answer, email it to wordsATwordsmith.org (replace AT with @). One entry per person, please. The first person to identify it correctly wins an autographed copy of the book "Another Word A Day" by yours truly. Results will be announced in AWADmail this weekend.
scintillescent (sint-uh-LES-uhnt) adjective
Sparkling or twinkling.
[From Latin scintillare (to sparkle), from scintilla (spark).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"She tried to discern his thoughts as they stood in the scintillescent moonlight, the dark forest pressing in on them." Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; A Feast In Exile; Tor Books; 2002.
The further one grows spiritually, the more and more people one loves and the fewer and fewer people one likes. -Gale D. Webbe, clergyman and author (1909-2000)
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