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Books of The Times: ‘S O S: Poems 1961-2013,’ Works by Amiri Baraka
In “S O S: Poems 1961-2013,” a collection of Amiri Baraka’s works, a historical sensibility and historical dread can bump elbows with anarchic comedy.

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Word of the Day


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 27, 2015 is:

incontrovertible • \in-kahn-truh-VER-tuh-bul\  • adjective
: not open to question : indisputable

The manager presented the clerk's time card as incontrovertible evidence that the employee had been late for work all five days the previous week.

"No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the midterm elections produced one incontrovertible fact—there are more women in Congress than ever before." — Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 16, 2014

Did you know?
If something is indisputable, it's incontrovertible. But if it is open to question, is it controvertible? It sure is. The antonyms controvertible and incontrovertible are both derivatives of the verb controvert (meaning "to dispute or oppose by reasoning"), which is itself a spin-off of controversy. And what is the source of all of these controversial terms? The Latin adjective controversus, which literally means "turned against."