Word of the Day: remiss

The word remiss has appeared in 20 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 17 in “Cristin Milioti Finds Harmony in Fiona Apple and a Location Change” by Kathryn Shattuck:

But Milioti was undaunted. And over lunch with Patrick Somerville — a creator of this dark comedy about a tech billionaire’s wife on the lam from the virtual-reality cube in which he’s cloistered her for a decade — she made the hard sell.

“I remember saying, ‘Hey, I know that you guys have your sights set on way fancier people,’” said Milioti, who had just wrapped “Palm Springs,” the “Groundhog Day”-esque rom-com with Andy Samberg. “‘But I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that this is exactly what I think this show is, and this is how I would play it.’”

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