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Weird Word: Lacuna

by on May.04, 2012, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Lacuna

Noun

  • A small opening; a small pit or depression; a small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  • An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.
  • (microscopy) A space visible between cells, allowing free passage of light.
  • (linguistics) A language gap, which occurs when there is no direct translation in the target language for a lexical term found in the source language

Used in a sentence:

  • Lacunae covered the carapace of the creature, providing a false sense of hope that one might find some sort of hole through which to pierce through.

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Commentary:

Formerly Latin and then Italian, the question is was it an English word before it was a scientific word, or vice versa? Another weird word that I like the sound of. Also much easier to say than “a small pit or depression”.  I’ll be trying to work this into my descriptions.

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