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A.Word.A.Day--harbinger

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harbinger (HAHR-bin-juhr) noun

One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.

verb tr.

To signal the approach of; presage.

[Middle English herbengar, person sent ahead to arrange lodgings, from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier, to provide lodging for, from herberge, lodging, of Germanic origin.]

"And while lower prices could mean an opportunity for investors and some savings for American consumers, such reductions could also be a harbinger of deflation." David Welna, Renee Montagne, Deflation Threat, Morning Edition (NPR), 7 Oct 1998.

This week's theme: words that have reversed their meaning.

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No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. -Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (1804-1864)


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