Word of the Week Wednesday: brisance


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

 Brisance describes the shattering effect of high explosives.

It comes from the French word for break or shatter.

What I find interesting is how similar the word seems to be to the unrelated word: brilliance.  Brilliance can be seen as an explosion of light.

Despite the sounds and the figurative relation of meanings, the similarities seem to be entirely coincidental, as far as I can tell.

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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.

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