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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 7th December 2023
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palimpsest (noun) PAL-imp-sest

An overwritten document, where the original words can still be read.

Most of the time, though, seeking overt traces of Borges in Buenos Aires is, to use a Borgesian image, like trying to read a palimpsest: you have to look past the top layer to sense his underlying presence.

Larry Richter, The New York Times, 14 May 2006. New York Times

Among the curators' quiet pleasures is to trace the history of a book as it was passed from one generation to the next, the succeeding hands that held it evident in the palimpsest of annotations scrawled in the margins.

William McDonald, The New York Times, 2 January 2005. New York Times

Ireland itself is a palimpsest that leaks its narratives of struggle and Riordan quietly garners some of these.

Julian Stannard, Guardian, 24 March 2007, Guardian
reviewing Maurice Riordan's The Holy Land. Amazon

The delicious promise of the tabula rasa: life might just, after all, be a palimpsest; we might indeed be able to turn over a new leaf.

Anita Sethi, The Observer, 27 November 2005, Observer
reviewing Bahiyyih Nakhjavani's Paper. Amazon

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