Word of the Week: brilliant

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: brilliant.

Brilliant means shining, sparkling or lustrous.  It also means distinguished or illustrious (itself a word derived from light).  Or it can be used to mean very intelligent or bright.

This is not an uncommon word, but it’s one I’m fond of.

What I find interesting is that this word and its synonyms can all be tied back to the concept of light.  It seems like an embedded metaphor for great intelligence or achievement bringing light into the world, shining through the darkness of ignorance and mediocrity.

This is carried through by the visual metaphor of a light bulb indicating the inspiration of a good idea.



About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week: brilliant

  1. Pingback: Word of the Week Wednesday: brisance « On Language

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