today's wwftd is... perspicuous
- 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.]