I didn’t know this word until it came across from Doctor Dictionary today- “sere”. Its what we really want to avoid.
Word of the Day for Friday, July 6, 2007
sere \SEER\, adjective:
. . .a country that has been transformed from a place of lush abundance to a sere, mutilated, inhospitable land.
— Zofia Smardz, “A Nice Place for Extinction”, New York Times, June 15, 1997
Recent rains have done little to relieve the sere conditions.
— Thomas Omestad, “The struggle over water”, U.S. News and World Report, April 10, 2000
Mr. Campbell, a biologist, spent three seasons in the Antarctic and returned with eerily clear perceptions of that sere and uninhabitable place.
— review of The Crystal Desert
, by David G. Campbell, New York Times, December 5, 1993
There was a lavatory at the end of the garden beyond a scraggy clump of Michaelmas daisies that never looked well in themselves, always sere, never blooming, the perennial ghosts of themselves, as if ill-nourished by an exhausted soil.
— Angela Carter, Shaking a Leg
Deserts can be beautiful, but they are inhospitable, and we really don’t need any more of them. Goats in the middle east, sheep in Australia, over-grazing, over-farming. Photo courtesy of CairoCarole.