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By the way | Word nerd

Catherine Burtinshaw keeps her cool in the courtroom and on the race course

28 May 2012

I love words. I met a new one last week on the tram into work, as a newspaper’s front page carried a shot of Johnny Depp with the caption that he looked suitably “crepuscular” at the premiere of his new vampire movie. I was intrigued by the word but have to confess that I forgot all about it as I entered the office and my day at work began.

The following day a reader in the same newspaper asked whether he was the only person who had needed to consult a dictionary. It spurred me on to do the same and I now understand that it means ‘pertaining to twilight’ or likely to appear at twilight, which of course makes perfect sense in a vampire movie context. I feel better for having now properly expanded my vocabulary and am looking for opportunities to utilise my new

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