This week’s obscure English word is refulgent.
It’s a word used by Edward E. ‘Doc’ Smith in his 1930s deco-punk space operas. For instance, in Spacehounds of IPC he wrote: ‘from the bright liquid of the girdling moat there shot vertically upward a coruscantly refulgent band of intense yellow luminescence.’
The problem is that ‘coruscant’ and ‘refulgent’ both mean the same thing – ‘luminescent’. Although, to give Smith his due, ‘coruscant’ also implies ‘sparkling’. In short, Smith’s prose actually reads: ‘from the bright liquid of the surrounding moat there shot vertically upward a luminescent sparkling bright luminescent band of intense luminescence’. Note that it went vertically up, as opposed (I guess) to vertically sideways, or at an angle of 3.2 degrees or something.
Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.
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