Dictionary Updike: Feign

Laugh-In used to punningly ask viewers to look something up in their Funk & Wagnall’s, but in an example of Updike turning up in the most unlikely places the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists a sentence from Trust Me (1987) as an example of the usage of “feign” in a sentence.

Who knows how many more entries we might find examples from an American writer with an astoundingly vast vocabulary?


  1. Dave Lull’s avatar

    For example:

    “The public museums, great and small, that are one of America’s educational glories house collections expensively assembled by rich men and (pace Isabella Gardner and Baltimore’s Cone sisters) women with lofty but not selfless motives.” — John Updike, The New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2006




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