> 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 Stay curious, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard [log in to unmask] www.graywizard.net AIM: GraWzrd Wisdom begins in wonder.