Sunday, July 11, 2010


Enjoy the splendor of today.

That's Just Grand Word of the Day from Visual Thesaurus

Several nouns in English conform to the pattern of splendor in two respects: (1) the Brits spell them ending in -our, and (2) there is a related adjective ending in -id (as here, with splendid). The sequence splend occurs also in the related adjective resplendent.  The whole lot are from Latin splendere, "shine." Splendor has moved away a bit from the literal meaning of shine but basks in the figurative sense of it: the quality of being grand and magnificent. 

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