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A.Word.A.Day--delitescent

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delitescent (del-i-TES-uhnt) adjective

Hidden; latent.

[From Latin delitescent-, stem of delitescens, present participle of delitescere (to hide away).]

"[Muumuu] matches and enhances the infinite variety of the human psyche as well as providing a delitescent veil for those aged parts of you that you can't yet bring yourself to make public." Reese Palley; Call of the Ancient Mariner; International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 2003.

Have you ever taken a vacation that's planned to every nanosecond? At 9:37 we visit the Garden of Standonburg and spend an hour and 18 minutes there, then we reach the Pamponi Museum at 11:09, and then .... Well, that's not a vacation, is it? Sometimes it's best to let yourself roam through what may come, with no plan, no schedule, no rules, no aim and nothing to guide except a free mind and open heart.

This week's AWAD is prepared in just that spirit. A word tickles our fancy and leads us to some others that bring forth new sights. We skip some of them, move ahead or perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the dictionary. There's nothing common among the words selected--at least as far as we know. There's no theme to constrain our word choices during the next five days. Or maybe that's the theme.

-Anu Garg

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"Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course." -Ray Bradbury, science-fiction writer (1920- ) [Fahrenheit 451]

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