Word of the Day: banish

Word of the Day: banish

1. expel, as if by official decree

2. expel from a community or group

3. ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

4. drive away


The word banish has appeared in 50 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 6 in the Opinion essay “When Listening to a Book Is Better Than Reading It” by Farhad Manjoo:

Still, as popular as audiobooks have become, I suspect there will remain some consternation about their rise, especially from book lovers who worry that audio is somehow eclipsing the ancient sanctity of text and print.

But that is a myopic view. Telling stories, after all, is an even older form of human entertainment than reading and writing stories. Banish any guilt you might harbor about listening instead of reading. Audiobooks are not to be feared; they do not portend the death of literature on the altar of modern convenience. Their popularity is a sign, rather, of the endurance of stories and of storytelling.

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