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Word of the Day - "palimpsest"

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palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\ noun
     : a manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible.
     : a object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface

Sample Usage:
     "The manuscript is a palimpsest consisting of vellum leaves from which the 'fluent and assured script' of the original Archimedes text and 55 diagrams had been washed or scraped off so that the surface could be used for new writings." --Highfield, Roger. "Eureka! Archimedes Text Is To Be Sold At Auction." Daily Telegraph, 03 October 1998.

Etymology
     Palimpsest is from Latin palimpsestus, from Greek palimpsestos, "scraped or rubbed again," from palin, "again" + psen, "to rub (away)."


The van Gogh paintings, the city of Pompeii and my bedroom are all palimpsests too. =D

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lavienver
Oct. 27th, 2002 01:58 am (UTC)
>>"Eureka! Archimedes Text Is To Be Sold At Auction."
eureka: from the greek verb "eurisko" (find) the perfect: i've found.

;)

>>The van Gogh paintings, the city of Pompeii and my bedroom are all palimpsests too. =D
vov!

;)

bride
Oct. 27th, 2002 09:04 am (UTC)
vov!

*scratch head* What's "vov"? =}
lavienver
Oct. 27th, 2002 10:14 am (UTC)
wow, simply ;)
bride
Oct. 27th, 2002 10:30 am (UTC)
Re:
Oh, okay =D
kiad
Oct. 27th, 2002 07:41 am (UTC)
Two Compliments
I adore all the new user pics

I am thankful for the new words.

Thank you. (=
bride
Oct. 27th, 2002 09:03 am (UTC)
Re: Two Compliments
Aw, thank you =)
nightshift
Oct. 27th, 2002 08:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. "The Horsie Song". =D
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