Friday, 25 December 2009


Well, it's Christmas Day for the 25th day of this endeavour, so I've picked out a nice, happy word to learn. I'm half-Italian, so I recognise the word from the Italian "ridere", to laugh. The definition says this word is normally of literary use, but I would like to see it used more frequently:

rident (literary) adj laughing or smiling radiantly, beaming. [Origin from Latin ridens, -entis, pr p of ridere to laugh] Chambers, 1998

The "ri" rhymes with "wide", and I hope your Christmas Day is full of rident faces. Merry Christmas!

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