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Thursday, December 23, 2010

zenith

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ZEE-nith  , noun;

1.
A highest point or state; culmination.

2.
The point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer. Opposite of nadir.

This performance, this zenith  of consummate operatic staging, dramatic force, and perfected vocal artistry, had been frozen for all time.
Philip K. Dick, The World Jones Made
Blackpool could not be in better shape for the visit of Manchester United this week, given their manager Ian Holloway’s claim that the performance at the Reebok Stadium represented the zenith  of his stewardship.
Richard Gibson, “Ian Holloway talks up Blackpool as Bolton throw caution to the wind,” http://www.guardian.co.uk, November, 2010
The source of zenith  is an error in transcription by ancient scribes. The M in the Arabic samt , “road,” was mistaken for an N, resulting in a Middle Latin senit .

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