diaphanous \dy-AF-uh-nuhs\, adjective:
- Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
- Vague; insubstantial.
Diaphanous ultimately derives from Greek diaphanes, "showing through," from diaphainein, "to show through, to be transparent," from dia-, "through" + phainein, "to show, to appear." It is related to phantom, something apparently sensed but having no physical reality.
- A phrase popular among first year Latin students, the phrase means "always wear underwear." The literal translation is "always where under where."
Pope: Hey...did you hear what those American's said?
Cardinals, yawning: No, holiness.
Pope: Semper Ubi Sub Ubi.
Cardinals: Semper...always where under where...underwear! Ha, you've gotten us again holiness. You god damn trickster!
- Amendment XIII: anti-slavery amendment to the US Constitution was declared ratified by Secretary of State William Seward, abolishing the practice (1865)
- capital punishment in the United Kingdom: was abolished by both houses of Parliament (1969)
- Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line: 1.5 trillion yen, 15-kilometer bridge-tunnel opened across Tokyo Bay after 31 years of construction (1997)
- Joseph Grimaldi 1778
- Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) 1870