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Jane Lake and a Foudroyant Day!


Once in a while you come across a word that you have never seen or heard before but speaks to you in a way no other substitute word would. That happened to me yesterday when I was on an elevator reading one of those little news screens they have. The word of the day was "foudroyant".

It means "Of disease that comes on suddenly and severely; dazzling, stunning." Of course, "fulminant" means the same thing, but isn't a fraction as interesting.

It was the dazzling, stunning usage that interested me. As in "The circus was a foudroyant display of color and sound!

So given my new little friend, I just wanted to wish everyone a foudroyant day!

[French, from present participle of foudroyer, to strike with lightning, from foudre, lightning, from Old French fouldre, from Latin fulgur, from fulgre, to flash; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.]

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