I love the word smithereens . Smithereens means small fragments or tiny bits, and is usually found in the phrases the alliterative phrase "smashed to smithereens." I thinbk it is so evocative of small pieces - a fine example of onomatopoeia.
A typical use of the word can be found in a Time magazine story about cosmology from 1976: "The result is another kind of supernova, a fantastic explosion that blows the star to smithereens, dispersing into space most of the remaining elements that it had manufactured during its lifetime."
Smithereens first appeared in English in 1829 in the form "smiddereens," and most likely was borrowed from the Irish Gaelic smidirîn, a diminutive of smiodar, small fragment.
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