Word + Quiz: slovenly

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Word + Quiz: slovenly

1. negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt

2. characterized by carelessness

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The word slovenly has appeared in 15 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 19 in the obituary “Mark von Hagen, Critic of Times’s Stalin Coverage, Dies at 65” by Sam Roberts:

Four years later, responding to “Stalin’s Apologist” (1990), S.J. Taylor’s critical biography of Mr. Duranty, The Times assigned a member of its editorial board, Karl E. Meyer, to assess Mr. Duranty’s coverage. Mr. Meyer concluded that it amounted to “some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper.”

In a letter to the Pulitzer board accompanying Professor von Hagen’s report, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., then the publisher of The Times, wrote that “over the past two decades, The Times has often acknowledged that Duranty’s slovenly work should have been recognized for what it was by his editors and by his Pulitzer judges seven decades ago.”

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