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Monday, 21 September 2015

Spot the Frippet: lacuna

Some lacunae (or lacunas) are, admittedly, difficult to spot. Such awkward lacunae include the depressions or gaps in the matrix inside a bone, and the sunken areas on an ornamental dome or ceiling:

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Photo by Matalyn of Citta di Castello Cathedral

Luckily, there's another sort of lacuna which makes the very easiest spot ever.

Look!









Yes, a lacuna is a gap or space, especially in a book, manuscript, or, indeed, a blog post.










See? That was another one.

I told you it was easy.

Spot the Frippet: lacuna. This word comes from the Latin lacuūa, pool or cavity (which is interesting because nowadays we tend to think of pools as being full rather than empty), from lacus, which means lake.


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