Word of the Week
Friday January 5, 2007
Interregnum \in-tuhr-REG-nuhm\, noun;plural interregnums \-nuhmz\ or interregna \-nuh\:
1. The interval between two reigns; any period when a state is left without a ruler.
2. A period of freedom from authority or during which government functions are suspended.
3. Any breach of continuity in an order; a lapse or interval in a continuity.
Forewarned by his equations that the Galactic Empire is about to collapse, Seldon hopes to shorten the inevitable interregnum from a predicted 30,000 years of bloody anarchy to a mere thousand.-- Gerald Jonas, review of Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford, New York Times, April 6, 1997