Word + Quiz: vapid

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Word + Quiz: vapid

1. lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest

2. lacking taste or flavor or tang

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The word vapid has appeared in 22 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on June 18 in “Padma Lakshmi Finds a New Voice, Amplifying the Voices of Others” by Tejal Rao:

“The whole point was to give the microphone to the people responsible for the most exciting food in the country,” Ms. Lakshmi said. This includes the historian and author Michael W. Twitty, the Charleston, S.C., chef B.J. Dennis, and the Apache leader Twila Cassadore, among so many others.

Though the format has its limits, each episode contains a full and often unexpected arc, with its own set of complications and contradictions. In the end, Ms. Lakshmi isn’t just the star of her own show. She’s chosen a far more powerful role: introducing her vast audience to a diverse constellation of voices.

The result is delicious, and makes for genuinely good television — producers greenlighting vapid, celebrity-filled food shows should take note.

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