Word of the Day: ilk

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Word of the Day: ilk

: a kind, sort or type

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The word ilk has appeared in 49 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 18 in the Editorial “Save America’s Restaurants”:

The House already has passed a bill that serves the purpose. The RESTAURANTS Act — it is an acronym, but we won’t bore you with the full name — would provide up to $120 billion in grants to independent restaurants, small restaurant chains (with fewer than 20 locations) and catering firms. The aid would cover the difference between last year’s revenues and this year’s revenues, and could be used to cover most expenses, including payroll.

A pending Senate version, which has bipartisan backing, would provide aid to big chains, too. McDonald’s and its ilk don’t need the money, but it’s easy to imagine a deal.

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