Word of the day: 1/21/15

Word: Ungentrified

Definition:

Adjective.

1) Not having been gentrified. ¹

We must first search Gentrified

Word: Gentrified

Definition:

Verb.

1) Renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations. “Gentrify the old center of town”

2) (transitive) to renovate something, especially housing, to make it more appealing to the middle classes ¹

3) to renew a decayed urban area so as to attract middle-class residents [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

Found it while reading NW by Zadie Smith.

Pauline turns the page with violence. The window logs Kilburn’s skyline. Ungentrified, ungentrifiable. Boom and bust never come here. Here bust is permanent. Empty State Empire, empty Odeon, graffiti streaked sidings rising and falling like a rickety rollercoaster. (52)

I will be posting “Word of the Day” because this is a great way for me — and you to help me– learn new words. Especially those words I find while reading books or hear during class discussions. Yay! Oh how I love words!

Works Cited:

http://www.lexic.us/definition-of/ungentrified

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