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Nov 7, 2013
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week's words
bupkis
schnozzle
schmo
pogrom
dreck

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pogrom

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-GROM, POH-gruhm)

MEANING:
noun: An organized massacre, officially tolerated or encouraged, against a particular group.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish pogrom, from Russian pogrom (destruction). Earliest documented use: 1891.

NOTES:
The word is usually applied to the massacre of Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

USAGE:
"Kyrgyz nationalists unleashed a ferocious pogrom against the Uzbekh minority."
Misha Glenny; Life in Putin's Russia; The Irish Times (Dublin); Oct 29, 2011.

See more usage examples of pogrom in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research. -Marie Curie, scientist, Nobel laureate (1867-1934)

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