Thursday, March 27, 2008

For Keven

My friend and CLASSMATE (yaaarrrrr!) Keven humoured me yesterday as I pondered, rather geekily, the difference between "infuse" and "suffuse".

Today, I looked it up on the Merriam Webster site, and I'm not sure I am happy with the definition:

Infuse: implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance (eg. new members infused enthusiasm into the club).

Suffuse: implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality (eg. a room suffused with light)

What do you think??

-x-
aarti

2 comments:

keven said...

what does a tea bag then suffuse into the water? I think i am going to reFUSE to think of this anymore. makes me feel like i am behind in english class again!!!!

Andy said...

What about diffuse?

a: to pour out and permit or cause to spread freely b: extend, scatter c: to spread thinly or wastefully

 
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