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verisimilitude (ver-uh-si-MIL-i-tood, -tyood) noun

1. The quality of appearing to be true or real.

2. Something that has the appearance of being true or real.

[Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis, verisimilar.]

(a word with alternating consonants and vowels)

"With documentary verisimilitude, (the movie) Roswell depicts UFOs as the vehicles that ferry aliens to Earth, and the governments of the world as the powers that conceal the alien presence." Sobel, Dava, The truth about Roswell, Omni, 22 Sep 1995.

What is special about the word DIOXIDE? You don't have to be a chemist to know that it reads the same upside down. What has six i's? Maybe Martians do, but here we are primarily interested in the words indivisibility and indistinguishability. In this week's selection, we'll feature seven other words with intriguing arrangements of letters. -Anu


Who can refute a sneer? -William Paley

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