Word + Quiz: nimble

Word + Quiz: <strong></strong>nimble

1. moving quickly and lightly

2. mentally quick


The word nimble has appeared in 288 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 6 in “Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?” by Jon Pareles:

I’ll be watching on Sunday, when the Grammys air on CBS, but with thoroughly limited expectations. The Grammy show strives each year to keep up with what just happened in music and to ameliorate its past errors. But after a while, blundering along just isn’t funny anymore.

… Music is the most nimble of mass-audience art forms. Now it can be recorded alone on a computer and released immediately online, and it evolves fast, constantly pulling in ideas from the cultural margins, whether that’s beats from Caribbean sound systems or murky, disconsolate SoundCloud rap. The Grammys’ mandate is to sift through the welter of music released every year, rewarding merit and recognizing innovation (though not, strictly speaking, from the past year, but from the preceding Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, which can make some nominations seem ancient).