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Word of the Day — May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013 - Scott Viau
keening - KEEN-ing - wailing in grief, symbolically or for the dead

Example: "Joan Acocella, in the New Yorker, displayed a sample of a rather bad English translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy': 'I found myself lost in a wood so dark, the way ahead was blotted out. The keening sound I still make shows how hard it is to say how harsh and bitter that place felt to me...'"

 
 

 

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