Stellar, Constellation

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Stellar, Constellation

Postby vaibhavd85 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:11 am

The other day I was watching the movie 'Italian job' in which "Charlize Theron" stars as "Stella Bridger". She is really good at picking locks. Her name fascinated me as it was sounded similar to some of the words that I knew. I will discuss these words in this post.

Stellar (Adj): having to do with stars
having the quality of a star entertainer or performer, brilliant,outstanding

This word comes from the Latin root "stella" which means "a star", so something that is related to star is stellar

Contextual example:
Her stellar performance at the show was lauded appropriately.

Constellation (N): a group of stars forming a recognized pattern.

This word can be split up as "con" which means "together" and "stella" which means "star", so stars that appear to be together are said to be part of a constellation.

Some examples of constellation are:
Orion, Scorpius, Leo etc.

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Postby Slava » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:49 pm

I'm not quite sure what V wanted to say here, but my interest has been piqued by the "Stella Bridges" name. Is there any tie-in that anyone can come up with that includes the Bridges part? Or is perhaps Stella merely a reference to her looks or performance? Performance being as the character, not as an actress.

I haven't seen the movie, so I can't comment at all on that part.
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