PRONUNCIATION: (OS-tri-chiz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The act or policy of refusing to face reality or unpleasant facts.

ETYMOLOGY: From the erroneous popular belief that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when facing danger. From Old French ostrusce/ostriche, from Latin struthio (ostrich), from Greek strouthos. Earliest documented use: 1834.

OSTRI-SCHISM - fragmentation in the bird colony

POST-RICH-ISM - life after bankruptcy

MOST-RICH-ISM - Potlatch-participants' credo