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1884today's wwftd is... squillo

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  • tsuwm
    Dec 30, 2013
      the 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)