Sunday, October 29, 2006

word of sunday night


Main Entry: in·ter·stice
Pronunciation: in-'t&r-st&s
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural in·ter·stic·es /-st&-"sEz, -st&-s&z/
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin interstitium, from inter- + -stit-, -stes standing (as in superstes standing over) -- more at SUPERSTITION
1 a : a space that intervenes between things; especially : one between closely spaced things [interstices of a wall] b : a gap or break in something generally continuous [the interstices of society] [passages of genuine literary merit in the interstices of the ludicrous...plots -- Joyce Carol Oates]
2 : a short space of time between events

I saw this word on a blog today and reminded how much I love it. Actually, I didn't see this word exactly, I saw "interstitial" but this had a better definition, being the root word and all. I love words. Thanks to Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary, as always.


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