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It's human nature to seek patterns: some find the shapes of elephants in the clouds, the face of Jesus in a piece of burnt tortilla, and spelling coincidences in the names of Kennedy and Lincoln assassins.
There's a pattern, too, in this week's words, even if it's not very apparent. Can you find it? If you think you know the answer, email it to wordsATwordsmith.org (replace AT with @). One entry per person, please. The first person to identify it correctly wins an autographed copy of the book "Another Word A Day" by yours truly. Results will be announced in AWADmail this weekend.
scintillescent (sint-uh-LES-uhnt) adjective
Sparkling or twinkling.
[From Latin scintillare (to sparkle), from scintilla (spark).]
"She tried to discern his thoughts as they stood in the scintillescent
moonlight, the dark forest pressing in on them."
The further one grows spiritually, the more and more people one loves and the fewer and fewer people one likes. -Gale D. Webbe, clergyman and author (1909-2000)