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I love words. It's something I gave up my career in software for. Every morning I can't wait to wake up and start exploring words and write about them. I have been doing it for 12 years now and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

Having said that, there are times when I feel I have to be ready to feed this beast -- A.Word.A.Day -- week after week after week. It opens its hungry maw every Monday and I had better be ready with another serving of juicy, delicious words. I do as best as I can to come up with new recipes, new arrangements, new flavors. There are times, however, when I just have to reach into my grab-bag of loose words and offer them while I think of a new topic. It's one of those weeks.

Enjoy this medley of words while I get back to the word lab putting finishing touches to next week's material.

clinquant (KLING-kuhnt) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective: Glittering, especially with gold or tinsel.
noun: Tinsel; glitter.

From French, present participle of obsolete clinquer (to clink), from Dutch klinken (to clink).

"And she looked like a queen as she stood at the altar in her glittering tiara, her ivory jacket clinquant with sequins."
Gerald M. Carbone; To Honor And Cherish; Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Nov 20, 2005.

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


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