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Word of the Day: octogenarian

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The word octogenarian has appeared in 57 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 8 in “At 81, Ann-Margret Is Finally Living Her Rock ’n’ Roll Dream” by Jim Farber:

Pat Boone, who played Ann-Margret’s love interest in the 1962 musical “State Fair,” was at first taken aback by the song she chose for their duet, “Teach Me Tonight,” which he called “a love scene in a song.” “I thought, ‘What am I doing singing this?’” Boone said. “I’m 87 at that point and she’s got to be 80. I had to do it humorously.”

So he ad-libbed the lines “I think we just wrote an octogenarian love song” and “I’ll have to turn up my hearing aid.” For the record, “I don’t wear hearing aids,” Boone added with a laugh.

Can you correctly use the word octogenarian in a sentence?

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