Thursday, June 01, 2006

Luminous Sightings

The insidious spread of “luminous” has claimed another victim, this time no less a literary giant than John Updike. Yes, it appears even Pulitzer Prize winning authors have fallen victim to the adjective’s wily charms.

In his review of Peter Carey’s new novel “Theft: A Love Story,” featured in the May 29 issue of The New Yorker, Updike writes: “Russia for Nabokov and Ireland for Joyce became luminous reconstructions, shimmering in every lost and recalled detail.”


I expect less of the folks at Us Weekly and they always deliver. In a piece on self-tanners and bronzers in the May 29 issue, the magazine reports: “Jergens Soft Shimmer moisturizing lotion is both a self-tanner and luminizing lotion.”

So now it's a verb, too.


Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

A verb.

As well it should be too!

It is my aim too to "luminize" the world - rather than, say, to murderize it?

Blessings! ;)

11:33 AM

Blogger Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

Oh - and I once saw another Luciano who called himself "Luminous" online too...

He hailed from B.C. - Vancouver, Canada.

He hadn't put 2 and 2 together though; plus I have made it a logo and a trademark!

Just thought you'd want to know, since you collect info on this most splendid of all words in the modern lexicon...!

11:36 AM


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