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A.Word.A.Day--coventry

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Coventry (KUV-uhn-tree) noun

A state of ostracism or exile.

[After Coventry, England (possibly from the sending of Royalist prisoners there during the English Civil War).]

"Chris Ash, tribunal chairman, said the panel was not satisfied that Mrs. Edghill, of Sevenoaks, Kent, was ostracised or 'sent to Coventry by other dealers'."
Daniel Waddell; Woman City Dealer Loses Sex Discrimination Case; The Daily Telegraph; Jun 25, 1998.

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain, author (1835-1910)

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