Word + Quiz: filigree

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Word + Quiz: filigree

noun: delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)

noun: a pattern of delicate and intricate design

verb: make filigree, as with a precious metal

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The word filigree has appeared in 23 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 23 in “Lil Uzi Vert, a Hip-Hop Star Beyond Gatekeepers” by Jon Caramanica:

His most invigorating rapping comes during the first few songs of “Eternal Atake,” one blown-speaker tremor after the next: “Lo Mein,” then “Silly Watch,” and then “Pop,” a kind of free-associative narrative of excess with a casually blunt rhyme scheme. This is Uzi rapping at his most sturdy, using pacing and cadence as much as melody.

But that sort of orderliness isn’t an essential part of his arsenal — the typical Uzi song is one filigree after the next, lace not denim. He creates his own funhouse-mirror reality.

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