the age of the earth
10 inches high x 8 inches wide
Another Illustration Friday theme: wrinkles. The definition in Winston Simplified Dictionary, 1925, for wrinkle is, "n. a small ridge or furrow on a smooth surface; a crease; colloquially, a useful hint or idea or an innovation." In 1998, the definition (from the Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary), reads, "n. 1. a small furrow or crease in the skin, esp. of the face, as from aging or frowning..." Sometime in those 63 years, the more general became more specific, from any smooth surface to the face, which, when one really thinks about it, is never smooth. Even a baby's face wrinkles and furrows when it smiles or doesn't. And the "new idea" or "innovation" in 1925? By 1998, it is a separate entry in the dictionary and it reads, "n. informal. an ingenious trick or device; a clever innovation."