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A.Word.A.Day--Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor (purl HAHR-buhr) noun

Any significant or crippling defeat, betrayal, loss, etc., that comes unexpectedly.

[After Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, on South Oahu, in Hawaii, the site of a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. naval base and other military installations on December 7, 1941.]

"Last week, a top Pentagon official warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about an electronic Pearl Harbor by cyberterrorists more likely to go after commercial targets than military ones." Eun-kyung Kim, Reno Looks To Curb Internet Crime, AP Online, 15 Mar 99.

This week's theme: toponyms.


We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. -Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) [Maxims]

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