Word + Quiz: dearth

dearth ˈdərth noun

1. an inadequate amount or quantity

2. an acute insufficiency

The phrase dearth has appeared in 134 articles on NYTimes.com previously 12 months, together with on March 18 in “Scarecrow Video Has Survived This Long. Can It Hang On?” by Laura M. Holson:

Sure, most individuals not need to trudge to the video retailer on a Friday evening, as they as soon as did in droves. Streaming motion pictures can be found by on-demand cable, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and lots of different sources. But the emphasis tends to be on present titles, or TV sequence. Netflix, which pioneered renting DVDs by mail and streaming, has been transferring steadily into unique programming, for instance.

Ms. Barr worries dearth of classic motion pictures means voices from earlier generations gained’t be heard. She factors to hard-to-find documentaries and little-known gems by black or homosexual writers and administrators. “Who is making choices about what titles get seen?” she requested. “I believe it is very important not lose sight of the significance of films. They mirror tradition. They are cinematic historical past. It is essential to maintain these paperwork.”

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