Word of the Day: stilted

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Word of the Day: stilted

The word stilted has appeared in 59 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 11 in “The Radical Act of Eating With Strangers” by Setareh Baig:

After an initial warm-up period, the Galentine’s Day brunch was in full swing. First came a flurry of compliments, shared among unfamiliar faces. (I love your purse! Cool coat. Great boots!) Then the host shared some warm welcomes and brief introductions. After that, Ms. Michaud — seated at the table with the guests, near the kitchen for easy serving — left everyone to fend for themselves and, within a few minutes, the stilted mood among strangers turned cozy and natural.

One psychological trait that experts identify as essential to pursuing and creating new connections is optimism. After all, what could be more fundamentally optimistic than attending a dinner with a table full of strangers, expecting to make a new friend?

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