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brook \ˈbru̇k\ noun and verb
noun: a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
verb: put up with something or somebody unpleasant
The word brook has appeared 1,399 times on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 28 in the real estate article “Sherman, Conn.: A Quiet Town With a Medley of People” by Susan Hodara:
Sherman’s southeastern corner is pierced by the northern tip of Squantz Pond and a northern finger of Candlewood Lake, creating nine miles of shoreline. Farther north, the Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk Brook meanders, its 29-character name recalling the native Algonquins who once lived in the area.
…. Candlewood Lake offers year-round recreation, from swimming and boating to ice skating and ice-fishing. The Naromi Land Trust (which takes its name from the aforementioned brook) maintains 1,500 acres of open space.