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My Favorite Words – Cynthia Ozick

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Cynthia Ozick is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. She has written six novels and several award-winning collections of short stories and essays, but is best known for Heir to the Glimmering World (2004) and Foreign Bodies (2010). Ozick discusses her favorite word:

“‘Pellucid,’ because of both the (limpid, lucent) sound and the nearly utopian slant of meaning. An intensity of clarity — of light, of openness, of truth, of person, of history. ‘Pelluid’ suggests — or promises — that nothing more than the thinnest, most transparent membrane lies between longing and enlightenment.”

Read related posts: My Favorite Words – Robert Ludlum
My Favorite Words – Simon Winchester
My Favorite Words – Steven Pinker

My Favorite Words – David Foster Wallace

For further reading: Favorite Words of Famous People by Lewis Frumkes, Marion Street Press (2011)

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