The Studying Network: Word of the Day | asunder

asunder •ə-ˈsən-dər• adverb and adjective

adverb: into components or pieces
adjective: extensively separated especially in area

The word asunder has appeared in 23 New York Times content articles in the past 12 months, such as on Sept. two in “Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs” by Adam Nagourney:

LOS ANGELES — The scene was apocalyptic: a torrent of water from a ruptured pipe valve bursting via Sunset Boulevard, hurling chunks of asphalt forty feet into the air as it closed down the celebrated thoroughfare and inundated the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. By the time emergency crews patched the pipe, 20 million gallons of water had cascaded across the university grounds.

… Even now, the water primary break was unsettling since, as opposed to the war-zone-like patches of streets and sidewalks that have been cast asunder by tree roots in some neighborhoods here, this was a hidden problem right up until it was exposed in a geyser to motorists waiting at a targeted traffic light. As such, it has become a symbol of the larger dilemma.

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