Sometimes I come across something in my editing that I'm pretty sure I know already but I think, eh, you know what, I'll just look it up real fast.
And then the extent of my wrongness HITS ME IN THE FACE WITH THE FORCE OF A DOZEN BASEBALLS.
I've seen "fluorescent" spelled as "florescent" occasionally, and I figured it was a spelling-variation thing. But when the issue came up in a novel I'm editing, I thought I'd make sure, and LO AND BEHOLD, this is what I discovered:
fluo-res-cence (n): luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by nearly immediate reradiation usually at a different wavelength and that ceases almost at once when the incident radiation stops (In other words, the light bulb kind)
flo-res-cence (n): a state or period of flourishing
So if you ever come across a text talking about a "florescent" light bulb, that almost certainly refers not to an environmentally friendly alternative to an incandescent light bulb, but rather to a light bulb experiencing a period of growth and plenty in its natural habitat.
|Ah, yes. Look at that beautiful florescence.|