"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 14 March 2009


Diaphanous is variously described as meaning "so thin as to transmit light; sheer; transparent or semi- transparent; or filmy and floating".

I think diaphanous is a beautiful sounding word for a beautiful concept. (The photo is from an unknown source on the web).


  1. Oh yeah! This one is going in my book! Where in the world do you find these treasures!

  2. Mostly I come across these words while I'm reading - books or on the Internet but this one happened to be on a list of '100 most beautiful words' that I came across recently. I didn't agree with about 90% of them but this would surely be in most people's top 100.

  3. I love this one - inspires the imagination doesn't it. I have added it to my little book of favourites already. Thanks. xxx