Word of the Day: unfathomable

Word of the Day: unfathomable

The word unfathomable has appeared in 101 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 3 in “Michael Stipe Is Writing His Next Act. Slowly” by Jon Mooallem:

Three years later, in 2011, R.E.M. amicably broke up. It all went away: no more touring. No more adrenaline. No calendar. No stress. For nearly 32 years, Stipe had been plugged into a particular socket. Now he was unplugged — it was as simple as that. When Rolling Stone asked if he planned to make a solo album, he answered, “It’s unfathomable to me right now.”

“I just folded my hands and sat for a while,” Stipe told me. Years passed. The journalists who still came sporadically to interview him would mention tallies of elapsed time — X number of years since the breakup; the 10-year anniversary of a particular album — and those numbers would catch him off guard: Had it really been that long?

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