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1886today's wwftd is... appoggiatura

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  • tsuwm
    Jan 12, 2014
      the worthless word for the day is: appoggiatura

      [It. < appoggiare : to lean upon, rest]
      an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic
      note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size;
      also transf. : a prop, a point of support
      cf. grace note

      "The pushcarts stayed away, and so the morning began that
      much less comfortably, obliging folks to go in to work without
      their customary coffees, danishes, donuts, bottles of water,
      so many bleak appoggiaturas for what was about to happen."
      - Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge