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Aug 3, 2017
This week’s theme
Places that became verbs

This week’s words
birminghamize
barbados
solecize
locarnize
debunk

locarnize
Foreign ministers Gustav Stresemann (Germany), Austen Chamberlain (Britain), and Aristide Briand (France) in Locarno
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locarnize

PRONUNCIATION:
(lo-KAHR-nyz)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To bring about peace or settle a disagreement by negotiation.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Locarno, Switzerland, where in Oct 1925, Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy met to settle post-WWI disputes and concluded the Locarno Treaties. Earliest documented use: 1925.

USAGE:
“Pilsudski ... manifested a repugnance to have the military convention locarnized.”
Piotr Stefan Wandycz; The Twilight of French Eastern Alliances, 1926-1936; Princeton University Press; 1988.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. -P.D. James, novelist (3 Aug 1920-2014)

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