Aperçu

29 September 2010 § Leave a comment

A beautiful word: aperçu (pl. aperçus). Meaning: (n) a comment or brief reference that makes an illuminating or entertaining point. From the Fr. apercevoir, meaning ‘perceive.’

Context (fiction):

He hung his head. The actual and the rhetorical questions were becoming more and more difficult to distinguish. So he played with his hands, a nervous gesture increasingly common. The tension in the forearms, wrists and hands allowed him to externalize the tension in his heart. From a distant couch across a pregnant room, she sent a slicing aperçu: “Your hands talk for you now. It used to be they talked on me.”

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