Word of the Day: decrepit

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Word of the Day: decrepit

The word decrepit has appeared in 83 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 10 in “A Street Basketball Mecca Gets a Face-Lift” by Jonathan Abrams:

As a child, Michele Roberts occasionally found herself at Holcombe Rucker Park when her older brothers, who were supposed to be babysitting her at home in the South Bronx, would take her to Harlem instead.

… Roberts visited Rucker Park after moving back to New York when she became the executive director of the players’ union in 2014.

She wondered if her memories had deceived her into a sunny nostalgia. Rucker Park, in her estimation, looked decrepit, with the blacktop cracked and uneven and the bleachers in disarray.

“The notion that the park would be in any state of disrepair is a heartbreaker to me,” she said.

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