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Word of the day from a poet

April 13, 2010

I was reading Philip Schultz’s poetry this morning, and I came across a word that was new to me – “deliquescent“.  This delighted me!  It means tending to melt or dissolve, especially gradual dissolution and  liquefaction by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air;  repeated division into branches.

A very vivid new word to add to my arsenal.

The image Schultz paints with it, from his poem, Talking to Ourselves:

When my father’s vending business was failing,
he’d talk to himself while driving, his lips
silently moving, his black eyes deliquescent.
He didn’t care that I was there, listening,
What he was saying was too important.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. susan s. permalink
    April 13, 2010 2:04 pm

    I’ve felt that way some days!

  2. episcopalifem permalink*
    April 13, 2010 2:07 pm

    Me too – liquefaction is an equally cool word. Both of them have that “qu” thing going on! I like it.

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