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today's wwftd is... perspicuous

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    the worthless word for the day is: perspicuous [fr. L perspicere, to see through] /pur SPI kyu wus/ simple and elegant as well as clear not to be confused
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      the worthless word for the day is: perspicuous

      [fr. L perspicere, to see through] /pur SPI kyu wus/
      simple and elegant as well as clear

      not to be confused with perspicacious : of acute mental
      vision or discernment [also fr. L perspicere]

      "The author, true to his academic domain, cites Ludwig
      Wittgenstein and Ezra Pound, uses "perspicuous" and
      "procrustean" in a single sentence and argues his case
      with sober, Ivy League rigor."
      - Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 15, 2005
      (reviewing "On Bull", by Harry G. Frankfurt)

      "By 1945, fascism and nazism had suffered the most
      perspicuous of defeats--in the battlefield."
      - Bernard Lewis, Middle East Quarterly Oct 2, 2005

      [thanx to Roger G.]

      -tsuwm
      http://home.mn.rr.com/wwftd/
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