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entrepot, Word of the Day

Ran across this word while reading Josh Marshall’s note about how New York is taking its waterfront back from the industrial and commercial concerns that have traditionally owned that essential real estate.

entrepôt, ˈäntrəˌpō

  1. noun ( pl. -pôts pronunc. same or |-ˌpōz|)
    a port, city, or other center to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.

This according to my Mac OS X Dictionary application. Seems like a word apropos of Elle Driver’s fetish for gargantuan.

I’ve always liked that word… “entrepot”… so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence.

Of course the Chicagoan in me wants to point out that New York is simply trying to catch up to Chicago on the public space front. ;-/

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