Friday, April 10, 2009

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Word of the Day for Friday, April 10, 2009

frisson \free-SOHN\, noun:

A moment of intense excitement; a shudder; an emotional thrill.

When we think a story hasn't been invented, there's an extra frisson in reading it.
-- "Too true", Independent, April 12, 1998
As every parent knows, children have a love-hate relationship with stories about monsters. They love the frisson of hearing about such terrifying creatures as the Cyclops -- but hate to think about what they might do if they bumped into one.
-- "Strange but true: One in the eye for all those Homer-phobes", Daily Telegraph, June 21, 1998
When we stopped in traffic at the Plaza de la Cibeles on the Paseo del Prado, where a grandiose 18th-century statue of the goddess of fertility poised on a chariot seemed to be waiting for the light to change, a little frisson of pleasure jolted through me, because this part of Madrid reminded me of Paris.
-- "Counting Pesetas in Madrid", New York Times, March 17, 1996

Frisson comes from the French, from Old French friçon, "a trembling," ultimately from Latin frigere, "to be cold." Entry and Pronunciation for frisson

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