Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Word of Day - Pentimento

No, not pimento --

pen·ti·men·to [pen-tuh-men-toh] –noun, plural -ti[-tee]
the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

From 37Days Blog. Referring to handwritten words on a luggage tag. The distinctiveness of that voice, that person, that way of sense-making is contained not only in the very accumulation of words and their meaning, but in their construction as well, those marks and lines and curves. To have them here is as if people have been reanimated for us, requiring movement to make those words, or at least the pentimento of movement.


Blogger lattégirl said...

Yeah, but now you've just given me a craving for stuffed olives. Thanks.

12:47 AM  

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