Word of the Week Wednesday: evanescent


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week (slightly delayed) is: evanescent.

Evanescent means fading away.  It can also mean barely perceptible.

What I like most about this word is the sense, from both meanings, of a tantalizing almost gone quality.

It’s the word on the tip of your tongue.

It’s the flash in the corner of your eye.

It’s the wonderful dream that you can’t quite remember but want to go back to.

Sadly, however much I like the meaning of the word, it always reminds me of effervescent (meaning bubbly) which, although a fine word, I like less.

It also calls to mind the band of the same name, which I also like less.

 

 

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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 Wednesday: evanescent

  1. The Hook says:

    Nice visual link to a great word!
    “It’s the wonderful dream that you can’t quite remember but want to go back to.”
    Gold, Jerry, Gold!

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