Exodies wrote:Bit of out-of-Time gossip: I ordered some photochromatic jazz sunglasses today. They become more translucent the more light there is. It's like a hipness amplifier.
It may be that I've missed the joke, but based on my understanding of what translucent means, 'more translucent' surely doesn't make sense.
More transparent or more opaque, sure, but translucent is somewhere in the middle...
I'm not sure if sense is the overriding principal, but OED:
Through which light passes: = transparent adj.
1607 E. Topsell Hist. Fovre-footed Beastes 195 The eie of man is translucent, and containeth in it a horny substance.
1637 Milton Comus 861 Sabrina fair,..sitting Under the glassie, cool, translucent wave.
1725 E. Fenton in Pope et al. tr. Homer Odyssey I. i. 180 Replenish'd from the cool, translucent springs.
1867 G. H. Lewes Hist. Philos. (ed. 3) I. 326 Water, air, and other bodies which are translucent.
1891 A. C. Swinburne Jrnl. Sir W. Scott in Stud. Prose & Poetry (1894) 23 The translucent treachery of such an impious imposture.