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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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ineluctable (adjective) in-ee-LUK-ta-bul

Unavoidable, inescapable.

Since the nineties, however, Shanghai’s metamorphosis into a towering mega-city has been an ineluctable and pitiless process of paving over nearly all previous traces—a phenomenon stunningly documented in Greg Girard’s garish, poetic, infinitely sad photographs.

Unattributed, The New Yorker, 27 August 2007, The New Yorker
reviewing Greg Girard's Phantom Shanghai. Amazon

One of the ineluctable laws of travel is that most companions are beguiling at the beginning and annoying by the end.

Daniel Gilbert, The Washington Post, 20 January 2008, Washington Post
reviewing Eric Weiner's The Geography of Bliss. Amazon

According to Chekhov, the miscreance of newspapermen is an organic problem, something rotten in the blood, as ineluctable as bitterness and bad skin.

Alan Feuer, The New York Times, 6 August 2000. New York Times

What causes panic is the idea that bad things are "on the rise", to use the BBC's words, raising spectres of ineluctable moral decline.

Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, 17 April 2007. Guardian

The aim of any collection is to halt the passage of time, to freeze the ineluctable progress of life or history, and to replace it with the fragmented, controllable, circular time frame established by a finite series of objects that can be collected in full.

Patrick Mauries, Cabinets of Curiosities. Amazon

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