Monday, September 13, 2010

word of the day :: spurious


1.  not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
2. Biology (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having asimilar appearance but a different structure.
3. of illegitimate birth; bastard.

1590-1600;  L spurius  bastard, perh. < Etruscan; see -ous.

"Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives."

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