Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday's Word

Luminary / LOO-muh-nair-ee / noun
1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal.
-- Brad Leithauser, "You Haven't Heard the Last of This", New York Times, August 30, 1998

. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Luncefrod, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines.
-- Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole

Before winning the famous prize, she wasn't a luminary outside the scientific community.
-- Brought to you by the 3rd Generation Prius

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