Saturday, May 3, 2008

Fulgent

When I run across the same unfamiliar word twice in one day, in two different books, it is time to look it up. Today it was "fulgent", which means shining brightly; brilliant, glittery, resplendent; it is almost always used poetically. I don't think I will add it to my working vocabulary - it is one of those words that have a serious mismatch between sound and meaning. Fulgent sounds like it should describe a bullfrog's sound or a voluptuous woman's shape, not something glittery.

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