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> From: Stephen Mulraney
>
>
> > > 'luculent' - that's not quite a cromulent word, is it ? ;)
> >
> > 'luculent' is high on my short list of favorite 'over-the-top' words.  I
> > like most its almost total lack of self-reference.  What could be less
> > 'luculent' than the casual use of 'luculent'?  But unlike
> Homer's usage, I
> > think you'll find that the OED would quite agree that
> 'luculent' is indeed
> > "a perfectly cromulent word!"
>
> Is it? I based my estimation of its acromulence on a casual
> perusal of my 9th
> edition concise OED - which is a good medium between a small
> dictionary full of
> 'easy' words and a huge dictionary filled with every word (It's
> on the frontier
> of my lexical knowledge, in other words). But 'tis not there,
> alas. I suppose it's
> in 'the' OED then.

That's some what surprising.  A quick check at www.m-w.com relieved the
following evidence of the cromulence of luculent:

Main Entry: lu.cu.lent
Pronunciation: 'lu-ky&-l&nt
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin luculentus, from luc-, lux light
Date: circa 1548
: clear in thought or expression : LUCID
- lu.cu.lent.ly adverb

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David

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