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Word of the Day: wistfully


The word wistfully has appeared in 44 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 16 in the Magazine article “Sean Paul Is Still Busy” by Iva Dixit:

Whether it’s at a grimy nightclub or in an auditorium full of emotionally stunted teenagers avoiding eye contact in Dehradun, India, there are a few things likely to occur whenever a D.J. puts on “Get Busy” for a crowd of the right age. There will be squeals of recognition as Paul booms “SHAKE … THAT … THING,” each word with its vertiginous pause. Then the delirious, almost incantatory hand claps will start to register: “It’s the ignition of those butterflies,” he told me. As Paul’s exuberant melodies combine with the boisterous throb of the Diwali riddim, listeners’ hips and waists acquire a sentience of their own, moving as if threatening to secede from the rest of the body.

This was true in 2003 — some 40-year-olds I asked wistfully confirmed this for me — and it remains true two decades later.

Can you correctly use the word wistfully in a sentence?

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