impetus ˈim-pə-təs noun
1. a force that moves something along
2. the act of applying force suddenly
The word impetus has appeared in 108 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 30 in “The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.” by Peter S. Goodman and Keith Bradsher:
Delays, product shortages and rising costs continue to bedevil businesses large and small. And consumers are confronted with an experience once rare in modern times: no stock available, and no idea when it will come in.
… In March, as global shipping prices spiked and as many goods became scarce, conventional wisdom had it that the trouble was largely the result of a surplus of orders reflecting extraordinary shifts in demand. Consumers in the United States and other wealthy countries had taken pandemic lockdowns as the impetus to add gaming consoles and exercise bikes to their homes, swamping the shipping industry with cargo, and exhausting the supplies of many components. After a few months, many assumed, factories would catch up with demand, and ships would work through the backlog.
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