Word + Quiz: ineluctable

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Word + Quiz: ineluctable

: impossible to avoid or evade

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The word ineluctable has appeared in 13 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 14 in “Birds and Horses and Eels, Oh My! New Books About Animals” by Ben Goldfarb in the section on “Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love With an Animal” by Sarah Maslin Nir:

Horses are as familiar as eels are alien. Yet our equine companions harbor their own mystery: What explains humankind’s millenniums-old attraction to them? There’s the “ineluctable tug of their big amber eyes,” Nir writes, and “the shattering wildness of their gallop.” Ultimately, though, their allure is ineffable, driving Nir to a tautological conclusion: “Because horses. Answer enough.”

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