Saturday, May 01, 2010


palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\ noun
1 : writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased
*2 : something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface

Example sentence:
"Canada, like any country, is a palimpsest, an overlay of classes and generations." (Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review, March 10, 1985)

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