Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Word

"She was so intent on the tree that her feet splashed into the edge of the pool before she realized it was there. Bright ripples, reflecting in the ersatz* moonlight, spread for an instant, then once again the water was still and dark."
-Lirael, Garth Nix

This paragraph held my attention so much in this book I am reading. So much that I know exactly where it sits on the page when searching for it. I don't know why it calls to me, and it helped set the mood so well in this scene.

I hope to use this word someday, but I know it won't work as well. Still, I will take the risk.

Function: adjective
Etymology: German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute
Date: 1875
: being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation

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