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Saturday's word, literary edition

Lacuna (noun plural -nae) [luh-kyoo-nuh or plural -nee]

1.  a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
2.  (Anatomy) one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
3.  (Botany) an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.

Origin: 1655–65; < L lacūna ditch, pit, hole, gap, deficiency, akin to lacus, lake.

"He had read a good deal too, but he had never forced himself to read anything that did not appeal to him, and so he was far too self-centered in opinion, with curious lacunae of astounding ignorance."  -My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

I always found it strange that the life of Jesus is presented in the bible as a gaping lacuna, flanked by a few years following his birth and later preceding his death.  Luckily, I have read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, which  I consider to be necessary reading to complete anyone's religious education. 

Note:  So I chose this word because I just finished reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  I actually had a whole page of words I wrote down while reading the book, but I left them at work.  While Googling the word I came across a mediocre review for the book and as much as I love NPR I just feel the need to tell someone that this is a great book.  I honestly woke up a little sad this morning that I had finished it, as if waking up the next day after saying goodbye to a good friend that was moving.  /soapbox. Have a good weekend everyone!
Tags: l, latin, literature, noun

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