Word of the Day: macabre

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Word of the Day: macabre

The word macabre has appeared in 96 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 12 in “She Wrote About the Family Babysitter” by Alex Hawgood:

Ms. Collins’s first novel, “Nanny Dearest,” a psychological thriller loosely based on an unsettling “babysitter situation that my family had when I was a child,” was highlighted by Vogue as one of “the best books to read this fall.”

… In 2012, as a senior at the Chapin School on the Upper East Side, a macabre short story she wrote about a corpse being mistaken for a mermaid was a runner-up for an Adroit Prize for Prose. “When I go to high-school reunions, I still have people come up to me and say, ‘I remember that story you wrote 10 years ago,’” she said.

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