Word, redux.

What a fantastic word!!!

palimpsest |ˈpalimpˌsest|
noun
a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
• figurative something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form : Sutton Place is a palimpsest of the taste of successive owners.
DERIVATIVES
palimpsestic |ˌpalimpˈsestik| adjective
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin ‘again’ + psēstos ‘rubbed smooth.’

…maybe having caffeine today was a bad idea.

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1 Response to “Word, redux.”


  1. 1 Doc April 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    hehe.
    Archaeologist-types use this word a lot. Landscapes are palimpsests.


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