Wednesday, August 29, 2012

word of the day: lapidary

The word of the day is lapidary:

< Latin lapidārius, < lapid-, lapis stone.
 A. adj. 
1. Concerned with stones. rare. 
2.a. Of an inscription, etc.: Engraved on stone, esp. monumental stones. 
b. Of style, etc.: Characteristic of or suitable for monumental inscriptions.(OED)

"The boy is staring at you with lapidary intensity."

 - Junot Díaz, "The Cheater's Guide to Love", New Yorker 23 July 2012

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