Word of the Week: Indelible

Today’s “Word of the Week” is indelible.  According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, indelible is an adjective that means “not capable of being removed or erased” or “making marks that cannot be erased.”  Indelible is also synonymous with “lasting, unforgettable.”

Something that is indelible is essentially characterized by permanence.  Think about the last time you worked on a crossword puzzle.  What kind of writing instrument did you use?  I would most likely have used a pencil so that I could erase any mistakes I made.  If I had used a pen, everything I wrote would be indelible.  I might have been able to write over my original marking or cover it with White-Out, but the original marking would always be on the crossword puzzle.

Here are a few examples of indelible from recent news articles.

“He’s created indelible images on the small screen and the big screen. From Thomas Magnum, the hunky private detective in the smash Magnum, P.I. to the rugged but struggling detective Jesse Stone, to his current role  — as commissioner Frank Reagan of the NYPD in Blue Bloods, Tom Selleck has clearly made a mark.” http://cbsloc.al/WVMTzU

“The National Geographic Society is selling parts of its massive archive of world exploration for the first time, offering 240 pieces spanning from the late 1800s to the present at an auction expected to bring in about $3 million. National Geographic has chronicled scientific expeditions, explorations, archaeology, wildlife and world cultures for more than 100 years, amassing a collection of 11.5 million photos and original illustrations. Among the items to be sold at Christie’s in December are some of National Geographic’s most indelible photographs, including that of an Afghan girl during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a portrait of Admiral Robert Peary at his 1908 expedition to the North Pole, a roaring lion in South Africa and the face of a Papua New Guinea aborigine.” http://usat.ly/XMPaMw

“Hanging around books is among Julia Prosser’s indelible childhood memories, so it’s little wonder she’s now finding fulfillment hanging around authors. It’s a little more intense than that, though, garnering maximum publicity for the authors she represents for Simon & Schuster, the venerable New York publisher. The 32-year old Indianapolis native, has helped connect such luminaries as Walter Isaacson, Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough with their eager readers and the media. She was involved in work on the HBO miniseries with Tom Hanks on Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs.” http://indy.st/Q2iON9

“A pair of Thoroughbred trainers, who left their indelible mark on the Thoroughbred industry and were familiar faces during the winter months around the Aiken Training Track, are being celebrated with an exhibition about their careers at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. An opening reception was held Sunday recognizing the careers of Al Darlington and Sally Cluff, and the exhibit showcasing many of Cluff’s and Darlington’s highlights will be on display through Nov. 17.” http://bit.ly/Vzh0bc

“You could try to count the rings on his ‘happy little trees’ to mark time, but something about ‘birthday boy’ Bob Ross — the beloved and be-’froed Joy of Painting TV host — now seems as timeless as the urge to create. Stroke by ‘wet on wet’ oil stroke, Ross left his indelible mark on art — and planted the seed of belief for countless aspiring artists. In front of that easel, smiling with a relatively simple color palette at hand, Bob Ross knew what his purpose was: He wasn’t trying to be Raphael; his job was to be more like Rachael Ray.” http://wapo.st/PCS1Hv

For more information on the word indelible, please visit the following Web sites:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/indelible

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indelible

 

Works Cited:

“Indelible.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 11th Ed., 2004. Print.

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