Today's word of the day is Scintilla. It's spelled S-C-I-N-T-I-L-L-A. Scintilla is a noun that means a brief spark.
Scintilla is a direct descendant of the the Latin word for spark, scintilla (skeen TEEL ah). But over the years, its meaning has shifted and scintilla can now refer literally to an actual spark or metaphorically to a brief, exciting moment in time, for example: Hearing the announcer read off the winning lottery numbers gave me a scintilla of hope. But in the end, the numbers weren't mine and the hope disappeared.
Once again, scintilla is spelled S-C-I-N-T-I-L-L-A.