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A.Word.A.Day--nitid

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nitid (NIT-id) adjective

Bright; shining; glossy.

[From Latin nitidus (shining), from nitere (to shine).]

Etymologically speaking, the word "neat" is a cousin of today's word.

"The last rays of the sun linger, hanging on to clouds whose bizarre formation is never more apparent, while the evening gently settles in, erasing the nitid contours of objects and people." Celeste Olalquiaga, The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience, Pantheon Books, 1998.

This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

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When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)

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