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Sub­lime. It’s time for a les­son in the un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated nu­ances of this overused word. Alain de Bot­ton de­votes a whole chap­ter to the term in his clas­sic book The Art of Travel. “There are few emo­tions about places for which ad­e­quate sin­gle words ex­ist,” he writes. “But at the be­gin­ning of the 18th cen­tury, a word came to promi­nence with which it be­came pos­si­ble to in­di­cate a spe­cific re­sponse to­wards precipices and glaciers, the night skies and boulder-strewn deserts.” Th­ese are land­scapes, he con­tin­ues, that “pro­voke an iden­ti­fi­able feel­ing that [is] both plea­sur­able and morally good.” Go to page 216 for another divine vo­cab­u­lary les­son that will help you bet­ter de­fine sig­nif­i­cant but hard-to-de­scribe ex­pe­ri­ences from travel and every­day life. CHRISTINA REYNOLDS

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