Word + Quiz: palimpsest

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Word + Quiz: palimpsest

: a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible

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The word palimpsest has appeared in 13 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 1 in “‘The Writing on the Wall’: Voices of the Incarcerated” by Devi Lockwood:

Where the High Line meets 14th Street, visitors can enter a series of three rooms designed to evoke prison cells. Each is 9 by 6 feet, 8 feet tall, and is covered on every surface with writing: essays about womanhood; poems about race and family; pages from a hand-drawn graphic novel; letters from incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people around the world.

…. “The Writing on the Wall” is made from quarter-inch-thick polycarbonate and acrylic. Some 2,000 pages of writing by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in Uganda, Britain, China, South Africa, El Salvador, Norway, Australia and Brazil were scanned and printed. Palimpsest-like layering of these stories creates windows and the suggestions of bars.

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