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A.Word.A.Day--locust years

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This week's theme: coined words.

locust years (LO-kuhst yeerz) noun

A period of economic hardship.

[Coined by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to refer to the mid 1930s in Britain, after "the years that the locust hath eaten" from the Bible, Joel 2:25.]

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"President Olusegun Obasanjo's numerous foreign trips have been rationalized on account of rebuilding the country's global image, dented during the country's locust years of military dictatorship." Charles Onunaiju; National Power and Foreign Policy; The Vanguard Daily (Nigeria); Sep 14, 2000.

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Half the truth is often a great lie. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

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