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Siberia (sy-BEER-ee-uh) noun

An undesirable or isolated location assigned to those who have fallen out of favor or being disciplined.

[After Siberia, a vast region of Russia in Northern Asia, used as a place of exile by Russia under the tsars and by the USSR.]

"He (Robert Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.) found himself moving into the paper's op-ed Siberia, appearing less frequently and on varying days of the week. By the end of the year he was rarely appearing at all." Byron York, The Life And Death of The American Spectator, The Atlantic Monthly (Boston), Nov 2001.

This week's theme: toponyms or words derived from place names.


The decent moderation of today will be the least of human things tomorrow. At the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the opinion of good sense and of the good medium was certainly that people ought not to burn too large a number of heretics; extreme and unreasonable opinion obviously demanded that they should burn none at all. -Maurice Maeterlinck, poet, dramatist, and Nobel laureate (1862-1949)

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