Tuesday, March 24

Learned a new word

I learned a new word from last week's New Yorker: abecedarian. I had a hard time looking it up (on the internet, not a paper dictionary, obvs) because I wanted to spell it "abcedian." It means "one learning the rudiments of something" which I think you could likely figure out just from looking at the word. Here's the paragraph where I read it:
The custom stringing of tennis racquets is abecedarian compared with the subtleties that have developed in the stringing of lacrosse sticks. Nobody over nine uses a factory pocket, or so it seems. Some players carry around with them as many as seven heads. They bake their heads and reshape them. They carry different heads for different weather, because moisture changes the webbing....

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