Ancient Word of the Day: Lacuna

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Lacuna \ lə-​ˈkü-​nər a little lake. Or a pause, gap or break in a text, painting or musical work.

Latin lacūna: “little lake”.

Word of the day: “lacuna”- in a manuscript, an inscription, or the text of an author: a hiatus, blank, missing portion (OED n.1)

A word borrowed from Latin in the 17th Century by the English by way of Italian and French.

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

French: lacune A gap in personal knowledge (for a pupil or a student): “avoir des lacunes en mathématiques”. Also closely related to lagune a coastal lake.

A Little Lacuna Book I own: The Lady of the Lake

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3 thoughts on “Ancient Word of the Day: Lacuna

  1. I honestly can’t remember haha, I wonder what was in my head when I connected lacuna with this tiny book…I wrote this ages ago and I’m now confused at the connection hahaha 🤣

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  2. Ahhh now I have it! A lacuna also means ‘a tiny lake’ and my tiny book is called ‘The Lady of the Lake’ thus…its a tiny lacuna. Phew! I knew I didn’t do it randomly haha 😁

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