New word: the partial disclosure!

Tuesday July 22, 2008 @ 01:33 PM (UTC)

This one comes courtesy of my graduate program. I scrawled it in a flyleaf during a lecture, and I’ve been trying to figure out whose lecture – hence the month’s delay in posting. Here is the word, robed in its glory and naked of context:

adumbration: partial revelation or hinting; or, contrariwise, obscurement.

These sneaky long Latinate words with their multiple, often contradictory meanings. No wonder writing teachers are always suggesting students use Anglo-Saxon words. They’re just trying to make it easy on themselves.


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