Word + Quiz: ribald

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Word + Quiz: ribald

adjective: humorously vulgar

noun: a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language

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The word ribald has appeared in 32 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 16 in “36 Hours in Buenos Aires” by Nell McShane Wulfhart:

Argentines love their soccer teams more than they love steak and complaining about the economy. Passions run so high that no alcohol is allowed at matches, and opposing team fans are banned from all regular league games in the city. But pounding drums, ribald chants, heartfelt songs and waving banners are part and parcel of every face-off between local teams like River Plate and Boca Juniors, and the games are always exciting …

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