Word + Quiz: vociferous

0
303
Word + Quiz: vociferous

: conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

_________

The word vociferous has appeared in 56 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 15 in “Examining the Meaning of ‘Mrs.’” by Amisha Padnani and Veronica Chambers:

To us, she has always been Amelia Earhart, but there was a time when The New York Times called her Mrs. Putnam in newspaper articles, linking her identity to that of her husband, George. She wasn’t the only one: Frida Kahlo was sometimes called Mrs. Diego Rivera; Coretta Scott King was Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

The practice of referring to a married woman — even a famous one — by her husband’s name wasn’t unique to The Times. Much of society often referred — and sometimes still refers — to women this way. It was not until 1986 — after a vociferous debate — that The Times began using the less polarizing title “Ms.”

_________