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nadir (NAY-duhr, NAY-deer) noun

1. The point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, opposite the zenith.

2. The lowest point.

[From Middle English, from Middle French, from Arabic nazir (opposite).]

"From its nadir in 1988 - two years after the Tax Reform Act removed many incentives for investing and ushered in an era of downsizing, mergers and loss of industrial leadership to Japan, America has shaken off its malaise and come storming back." Nicholas Valery, Innovation in Industry: Something in the Air, The Economist (London) Feb 20, 1999.

This week's theme: words having origins in Arabic.

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Coincidences are spiritual puns. -G.K. Chesterton, essayist and novelist (1874-1936)

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