Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lacunose

Meaning: having many gaps or hiatuses; used particularly of manuscripts.

Usefulness: 1 (If one were, say, attempting to describe an unexplained gap in blog posts, or a particularly patchy period of posting.)

Logofascination: 1 (Lacuna, meaning a gap in a manuscript - and a number of other things - is from the Latin lac┼źna, the diminutive of lacus, lake. From lacus we also get lagoon, originally used of pools of water around Venice - Captain Cook was the first to apply it to tropical destinations.)

In the wild: In my apology for being so terribly lacunose? Mind you, I make no rash promises of reformation, but I shall attempt to warn you of any looming lacunae. No lagoons were involved in this one, sadly.

Degrees: 2

Connections: lacuna - lake

Which is used in: G&P, Book the Third, L: How the famous Pantagruelion ought to be prepared and wrought. I really will get to Pantagruelion, the original super food, but in the meantime, this is one of the things you should do to get it ready:
...divest and despoil the stalk and stem thereof of all its flowers and seeds, to macerate and mortify it in pond, pool, or lake water, which is to be made run a little for five days together (Properly--'lake water, which is to be made stagnant, not current, for five days together.'--M.) 
That last line is a note from Mr Motteux, ensuring that the extravagance of Sir Thomas' translation does not spoil your preparation of the herb, however imaginary.  In the previous phrase, Sir Thomas seems to have added words for alliteration's sake: "divest and despoil... stalk and stem... macerate and mortify." 

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