An event can make a word or two popular. Take the word “totality.” It has come to the forefront because it has been used for Monday’s eclipse.

We didn’t hear the word expressed in voice or print that much until it was used to explain when the moon would cause total darkness by crossing in front of the sun.

Webster expresses one of its meanings:  “The phase of the eclipse during which it is total; state of total eclipse.”

The word’s meaning is easily understood. After Monday, or after several days, it probably won’t be heard too often. It had its day in the sun except when we were in a state of total eclipse.

The word won’t die. It will be heard again when the next eclipse occurs.