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Double Down: The War of Umbrage

By Michael Kinsley, New York Times - November 10, 2013

“Chasmal.” Is that a word? Here, I’ll use it in a sentence for you: “Santorum had been turfed out of office in 2006, losing his re-election bid by a chasmal 18-point margin.” According to Merriam Webster, it is indeed a word, meaning ­“resembling a chasm.” In other words, Santorum got beaten badly. But why use other words, when “chasmal” is available?

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