Word for the day – WORD

word (just the right … phrase) n: mot juste {French} That words matter has few dissenters, especially among those who try and make sense with them.  The right word is the writer’s Holly Grail.  Often elusive, the mot juste is the lullaby that sends one into rapturous sleep, while its evil twin-the ill-chosen-word-can have the opposite effect. (Kathleen Parker, “Putting Words to Rest.” Oakland Tribune, 7/8/2006.)

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