Friday, 30 June 2006 By PervisFrench plinthe, from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos, tile, plinth.A recent Xenox News correspondent submitted a delightful turn of phrase "with collective plinth". The phrase recalls a word that requires a simple yet most pleasurable co-ordination of lungs, upper and lower lips and tongue action. Beginning and ending with an explosion of air 'plinth' is a pleasant word that one can be excused for emitting with impertinent guff.
The initial rush of air escaping from the top of the mouth, ending with a diffusion of air around the lower part of the mouth as the air fights its way past the requisite fissure between compacted mix of tongue, teeth and lips.
The common meaning for plinth "A block or slab on which a pedestal, column, statue, or something else is placed".
A deeper meaning derived from innacurate google translation tool one might suggest the word might find increased useage if we were to reduce the meaning and useage of it to a wider reference of "a support or base".
I encourage increased poetic and random useage for the phrase "with collective plinth" within your realm dear reader.