1884today's wwftd is... squillo
- Dec 30, 2013the worthless word for the day is: squillo
[It. < squillare: to ring, to blare]
the resonant, trumpet-like sound in the voice of
opera singers--the purpose of the squillo is to
enable an essentially lyric tone to be heard over
thick orchestrations [wiki]
"Ernie making a face, "sub-TinPan Alley. Awful.
And she's a lovely girl, but she's got no squillo."
"She's a soprano, Ernie.""
- Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (2013)