Word + Quiz: scud

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Word + Quiz: scud

verb: run or move very quickly or hastily

verb: run before a gale

noun: the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)

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The word scud has appeared in four articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 22 in “The Winter Surfers of Rockaway Beach” by Elisha Cooper:

Rockaway Beach, even in winter, is always in flux: waves, clouds, creatures. Nothing stays in one place for long. Sandpipers racing, sea gulls hovering, snow geese rolling over waves (they almost look as if they’re surfing). Dawn sky sliding from pink to gray. Container ships scud the horizon. Overhead, a winged leviathan, Japan Airlines Flight 006 from Tokyo, breaks through the clouds and descends toward John F. Kennedy Airport. A line of surfers floats offshore, waiting.

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