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chasm (KAZ-um) noun

1. A deep hole; gorge.

2. A sudden interruption, discontinuity.

3. A difference of ideas, beliefs, or opinions.

[Latin chasma from Greek khasma.]

"Today all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. ... The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasm that divides us has come." Nelson Mandela, Let Freedom Reign, Presidential Inaugural Address, Pretoria, South Africa, May 10, 1994.

This week's theme: words from speeches.


When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders. -Rabindranath Tagore, poet, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

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