'Panegyric,' 'immiscible' top NYT list of most frequently looked-up words

New York Times

Timesmen James Robinson and Jeremy Safran have once again compiled a list of the words readers look up most often with the dictionary function on NYTimes.com. Times standards editor Philip Corbett notes that it includes "a number of head-scratching favorites that also made the lists in 2010 and 2009: inchoate, opprobrium and hubris are apparently as troublesome as ever, even to our well-read audience. On the other hand, such past standbys as solipsistic, peripatetic and antediluvian are missing. Did Times readers finally learn them? Did we give up and stop using them? Or did the readers give up and just turn to another story?

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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