With the Passing of Time

Diaphanous

Posted on: April 2, 2009

diaphanous
\dye-AF-uh-nus\ | adjective

1 : of so fine a texture as to be transparent
2 : characterized by extreme delicacy of form : ethereal
3 : insubstantial, vague

This is a lovely word. The sound, spelling, even the mechanics of speaking it: all beautiful. Even its synonyms conjure up glorious poetic images: miasmic, crystalline, vaporous, pellucid, ethereal, gossamer, guileless. It’s the kind of word that you actively find ways to use, so you end up with phrases like “diaphanous membrane,” “diaphanous hope” (a personal favorite), “diaphanous flame.” And I’ve been sitting here doing the same, trying to think of ways I could work it into a description in some future story. Absolutely gorgeous.

Photographers and other artists also gravitate toward diaphanous, and who can blame them. I found so many great pictures I have to share a handful.

Please click for original images; Credit (from top to bottom) © Nina Ludwig; © Miguel Jacob; © Your Transitions; South China Morning Post, Baldovino Barani photographer; © Jane Bunker; © Russ Morris

They’re even using it to name colors.

I think that proves my case. And now I’m off to turn diaphanous pages into a substance filled with prismatic memory.

© 2009 With the Passing of Time

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