In "Heaven on Earth," a review of the Frick Collection's Piero della Francesca show in last week's New Yorker, art critic Peter Schjeldahl deftly tossed out apposite.

Apposite's a word you don't hear every day. Meaning "fitting and relevant," it is derived from the Latin terms appositus and apponere. Ponere means to place, and thus apponere is "well-placed or well-put."

Schjeldahl found apposite use for apposite when describing how the 15th century artist Piero grew popular more than 500 years after his death.

The great Renaissance expert Bernard Berenson...cited Impressionism and, especially, the phlegmatic, intellectually bracing method of Cézanne as spurs to the new appreciation of Piero. That’s apposite. His style also resonates in the marmoreal figures of Picasso’s neoclassical period; and his way of seeming to capture something fundamental, once and for all, reminds me of abstract paintings by Piet Mondrian.

You'll notice that Schjeldahl uses two other great vocabulary words: phlegmatic, which means "not showing emotion" and marmoreal, which means "of or related to marble." Explore those words further, or check out "Real Life Examples Help Words Stick in Your Brain" to learn how paying attention to usage examples is one of the best ways to learn new words on (and off)