Yesterday's monstrous word, filose, for instance, can be transformed with the simple addition of a three more letters into the dancing and joyous filoselle.
Filoselle is a soft silk thread used especially for embroidery.
Now, some of you may not see the point in looking out for embroidery, but if you are one of those then answer me this: why should a work of art made by applying lines of thread to a background have less artistic merit than one made by applying lines of paint?
(Before you start, I agree that most embroidery is very poor art indeed. But then so is most painting.)
Anyway, why not see if you nudge a prejudice one way or the other.
A sample of traditional embroidery by the Alfaro-Nùñez family of Cochas, Peru.
This is from Japan.
Spot the frippet: filoselle. You pronounce this FEELohSELL. The word comes from France, where it means silk or silkworm, from the Italian filosello, perhaps from the Latin folliculus, little bag.