Marie of Romania (miss_daizy) wrote in 1word1day,
Marie of Romania

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palimpsest [pal-imp-sest]


a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next


1661, from L. palimpsestus = parchment cleaned for re-use; from Gk. palimpsestos = scraped again' from palin= again (see palindrome) + verbal adj. of psen "to rub smooth" (of unknown origin).


"Language is an archeological vehicle ... the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history."

-Russell Hoban

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