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Dunkirk (DUN-kurk) noun
1. A desperate evacuation or retreat.
2. A crisis requiring drastic measures to avoid total disaster.
[After Dunkirk (also Dunkerque), a seaport and town in northern France. In World War II, it was the site of evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops by sea while under German fire during May-June, 1940.]
"Nearly a month before he was named head of the Office of Management and
Budget in early December, Stockman had at the instigation of Congressman
Jack Kemp of New York prepared a report for Reagan called `Avoiding an
Economic Dunkirk' that forecast dislocations in the credit and capital
markets, a 1981 recession, soaring budget deficits and the collapse of
"Humanity is now facing a sort of slow motion environmental Dunkirk. It
remains to be seen whether civilization can avoid the perilous trap it
has set for itself."
This week's theme: toponyms, or words derived from the names of places.
By trying to make things easier for their children parents can make things much harder for them. -Mardy Grothe, psychologist and author (1942- )