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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Thing Not To Be Today: delible.

We describe biros or pens as indelible, but the equally useful word delible has vanished from our consciousness. It's a shame.

The Oxford English Dictionary refers to the delible stain of departed souls, which is a true but terrifying thought.

What is a computer image but a delible stain...?

What is a life but a memory...?

...well, in both cases, quite a lot, actually.

But only if you do something about it, like writing a play

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engraving by Martin Drieshout

 or having a child:

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Jenny Spencer-Churchill

 or inventing a cure for smallpox:

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Edward Jenner by John Rapheal Smith

or invading a country:

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Julius Caesar


Perhaps you can take the delible thing a bit too far...

Thing To Be Today: delible. This word comes from the Latin del─ôre, to destroy.

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