Word of the Day: verbatim

Word of the Day: verbatim

adverb: using exactly the same words

adjective: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker


The word verbatim has appeared in 41 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 5 in “Hallowed Changing of the Guard Gets an All-Female Cast at Arlington” by Maria Cramer:

The Tomb Guard’s duties are highly respected, but grueling.

The soldiers must be in “superb physical condition” and have an unblemished military record, according to Arlington National Cemetery. Before they can qualify, soldiers must memorize a 17-page document detailing the cemetery’s history and recite it verbatim to their training officer, Lieutenant Robinson said.

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