Phrogz schrieb:
 > Trans wrote:
 >> This months word:
 >>
 >>   quin?tes?sence
 >
 > a) LOL @ your topic :)
 > b) Too long
 >
 >>   3 : the most typical example or representative <the quintessence of
 >> calm>
 >
 > c) The most typical example or representative of an instance is its
 > class, IMO; the eigenclass (I'm trying to get used to the word since
 > Matz is leaning that way) is a special case.
 >
 >
 >

If it's only too long, try:

quiddity
haecceity

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=haecceity

Cheers
Paulus