// Cæsura //

Cæsura n. (also spelled “caesura”) Meaning, an interruption or break

Cæsura has become one of my favorite words. Usually used in a literary context to mean a linebreak in poetry, the word can also refer to breaks and interruptions in other contexts. For example, the period of time between a movie and its sequel can be referred to as a cæsura. It’s taken from Latin’s word caes-, meaning ‘cut’. I’m a word nerd. Another factoid I learned about this word is that the first known printed use was in 1567. Back in 1567, dinosaurs hadn’t been discovered yet (that was in the 1800s), but the word cæsura bears a resemblence to the -saurus suffix that accompanies most names of prehistoric creatures.

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