Thursday, October 21, 2010


Coruscate \KOR-uh-skayt\ , verb;
1. To give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light; to sparkle.
2. To exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style

According to
Dating from at least 1705, this word comes from the Latin coruscatus, which is the past participle of coruscare, which means "to vibrate, glitter"
The Oxford English Dictionary gives a slightly different definition: "To give forth intermittent or vibratory flashes of light; to shine with a quivering light; to sparkle, glitter, flash"

So even though this word doesn't mean "glitter" in the same sense as that stuff you glue to clothes to make them sparkle, but I'm completely distracted by that word being used in the definition. All I can think of is how much glitter I am guaranteed to see in a couple weekends on Halloween, this is the East Village after all... 

*Today's word and the first definition were both taken from's 'Word of the Day' for Thursday, October 21

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