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Word of the day: leitmotif

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 22, 2008

I’ve seen this word in two separate articles today: leitmotif.

A leitmotif is a recurring musical theme, associated with a particular person, place, or idea. The word has also been used by extension to mean any sort of recurring theme, whether in music, literature, or the life of a fictional character or a real person.