avert ə-ˈvərt verb
1. turn away or aside
2. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
The word avert has appeared in 338 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 19 in the Opinion essay “Talking to Your Kids About Grief Is Painful. And You Have to Do It.” by Miranda Featherstone:
We ought to name — first for ourselves and then our children — the enduring shock of grief, without grasping for silver linings or platitudes. As parents, we must become more comfortable with the language of death. As researchers who study sex ed remind us of that subject, it shouldn’t be “the talk” but rather a series of small conversations woven into the fabric of family life. Death is not so different.
I see a dead blue jay on the sidewalk — pitiful and luminous — and my instinct is to avert my gaze and hurry my preschooler along. But really, the tiny corpse provides a relatively neutral opportunity to explain to him — gently, honestly — that all things die, that bodies can become so hurt or sick that they simply stop working and life ends.
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