VERISIMILITUDE [ver-uh-si-MIL-i-tood]: having the appearance of truth or reality


It is amazing to look at pieces of art which are painted in the realistic mode.   It is almost impossible to distinguish them from photography at times.   The goose painting I have used as today’s illustration is a perfect example.  When I first saw it I assumed it was a photo.  But Guido Daniele, the […]

COMEUPPANCE [kuhm-UHP-uhns] : deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant


There are some words that are specifically American, and comeuppance is one of them.  It is identified as an informal term, meaning that it is from the spoken language more than the written literature of America.  Obviously, it is a word found in dialogue in written literature, particularly in reference to southern or mountain  culture.  […]

LEGERDEMAINE: [lej-er-duh-MEHN] an artful deception, sleight of hand

One of the things I love about the French language is the way syllables flow.  It is almost musical.   Today’s word, legerdemaine, is one of the best examples.    The word slips off the end of the tongue like honey slipping off the end of a honey dipper. It is smooth, paced, and photographically delightful, the […]