conflagration \ ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən \ noun
1. a very intense and uncontrolled fire
2. a violent clash or conflict
The word conflagration has appeared in 70 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 17 in the Opinion essay “Why People Are So Awful Online” by Roxane Gay:
I don’t regret the time I’ve spent on social media. I’ve met interesting people. I’ve had real-life adventures instigated by virtual relationships. I’ve been emboldened to challenge myself and grow as a person and, yes, clap back if you clap first.
But I have more of a life than I once did. I have a wife, a busy career, aging parents and a large family. I have more physical mobility and, in turn, more interest in being active and out in the world. I now spend most of my time with people who are not Very Online. When I talk to them about some weird or frustrating internet conflagration, they tend to look at me as if I am speaking a foreign language from a distant land. And, I suppose, I am.
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