A la-cu'-na [luh-kyoo'nuh] is "a hiatus, or missing portion . . . in a manuscript, an inscription, or the text of an author." It is derived from lacuna, the Latin word for a hole or pit. The word admits two plural forms — lacunae [luh-kyoo',nay] or lacunas — as well as an adjectival form, lacunal.
Dear Words Worth readers:
Place a dictionary on your bedside table. Each morning at wake-up, open the book, run your index finger down a column until you find a word that catches your interest — as, for an example, the word beauteous, which a poetic or literary rendition of beautiful.
Speak out the word, write out its spelling and definition in a special pocket spiral notebook devoted to word learning. Then imagine a time or place during the upcoming day when the word could come into play. Picture an object or a person whose name begins with the word's initial letter — here, b — and make some sort of connection. Use your imagination to do this.
If, for instance, you think you will most probably see coworker Betty during the day, think at that moment: "B — Betty — beauteous." Then, when you see her, you might say, "Beauteous hair, today, Betty!"
If you see Betty that day but forget to make the connection or forget the word beauteous, try again the next day. This time you might picture her wearing a button on her lapel that reads: "Beauteous Betty."
Have fun learning new words.