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Nov 28, 2011
This week's theme
Illustrated words

This week's words
redolent
equable
terrene
hegemony
antediluvian

redolent
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, and if that's true this week we're going to send you a thousand words a day. Artist Leah Palmer Preiss (curiouser AT mindspring.com) has illustrated this week's words in her delightfully whimsical style. Leah makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. She writes:

"I've always been fascinated by the conversation between words and images. Nearly all of my work -- whether as a painter, illustrator, or calligrapher -- combines visual and verbal elements in some fashion. Lately I've been exploring figurative letters. My first series of curiotypes (as I call them) was a full alphabet illustrating scientific terms.

"As a longtime fan of A.Word.A.Day, I was very excited when Anu Garg asked me to do a series of curiotypes for this week's words. To create these particular pieces, I collaged printed texts (scanned from old dictionaries) onto canvas, then painted the image with acrylics, using many thin glazes and very small brushes. The originals are 6"x6".

"If you'd like to see more of my work, including earlier stages of these images and the scientific alphabet mentioned above, please visit my blog, Oddments & Curiosities."

redolent

PRONUNCIATION:
(RED-uhl-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Fragrant; smelling.
2. Suggestive; reminiscent.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French redolent (smelling), from Latin redolens, present participle of redolere (to give off a smell), from re- (intensive prefix) + olere (to smell). Earliest documented use: 1439.

USAGE:
"There's a heavy dose of irony in the title of Wendy Cope's new book of poems, Family Values. In fact, the phrase, redolent of hypocritical politicians and the moral majority, makes her want to scream."
Susan Mansfield; Look Back in Candour; The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland); Apr 9, 2011.

"Once again, living rooms are redolent with the pungent scent of sandalwood."
Nikki McManus; Where There's Smoke; The Toronto Star (Canada); Dec 5, 1999.

See more usage examples of redolent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

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