Friday, November 13, 2015

Word of the day: impasto

The word of the day is impasto:

  1. the laying on of paint thickly.
  2. the paint so laid on.
  3. enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.

"In the darkness and confusion and rain, Indians, Africans, and Europeans on both sides smashed clumsily at each other with sticks and blades...  Covered with a thick impasto of blood and earth, shouting and sobbing, the two forces assailed each other without compunction."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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