Adjective: (Latin: perspicere, to see through) clear in a statement or expression; easily understood.
Adjective: intended as instructional. Noun: a book, speech, essay, etc., that is protreptic.
Adjective: having a little or almost no vital force left, dying; coming to an end.
Noun: division into two parts, groups, or classes, especially when these are sharply distinguished or opposed.
Adjective: highly absorbent; addicted to or liking alcoholic beverages.
Pierre Guesnon is a retired engineer who founded and ran an engineering company in Boston for many years, until he retired fifteen years ago. Since then, he has lived most of each year on Marco Island. He is married to an Australian, Margaret Guesnon, whom he met in London and married in Sydney. They have two daughters. Pierre has had a lifelong interest in words and language.