Word of the Day: dour

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Word of the Day: dour

The word dour has appeared in 62 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 4 in “Take a Look at the Inspirations Behind ‘The Witcher’” by Elisabeth Vincentelli:

When she started on the series, Schmidt Hissrich felt it was important to understand where Sapkowski came from. Her research included going on a two-week trip to Poland and following Polish photographers on Instagram. Among them was Michal Koralewski, whose image of the Old Town in the medieval city of Poznan has been on her wall for a few years now.

“Fantasy is often represented as dire and dour and gray, and it’s all dusty because it’s the worst time in the world,’ ” she said, laughing. “One of the things that I wanted to bring to ‘The Witcher’ is a sense of light and color, so I was immediately attracted to the colors, the buildings, the brightness in the photo.”

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