Word of the Day: betrothal

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Word of the Day: betrothal

The word betrothal has appeared in 10 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 27 in “‘Polite Society’ Review: Pride and Plenty of Fists” by Amy Nicholson:

Ria, our protagonist, vows to stop the wedding. She enlists her best friends Alba (Ella Bruccoleri) and Clara (Seraphina Beh) in the cause, who step into view, one on each of Ria’s elbows, with the snap of backup dancers. Stubborn and snotty, Ria is so hellbent on breaking up the betrothal that she’s willing to spy and lie, claw and kick. She gets as good as she gives, ending more than one scene in a bloody, heaving heap. At the same time, the audience can appreciate what Ria is too childish to see: Lena’s joy that the neighborhood screw-up has landed its most eligible bachelor.

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