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Aug 9, 2016
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Contranyms

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dabster
salad days
depthless
grog
sententious

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salad days

PRONUNCIATION:
(SAL-uhd dayz)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A period of youthful innocence and inexperience.
2. A period of great success: heyday.

ETYMOLOGY:
The earliest documented use of the term is from Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” (1616). Cleopatra, now in love with Antony, explains her previous admiration for Julius Caesar with these words:
“My salad days,
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
To say as I said then.”

USAGE:
“The elderly gentleman couldn’t help recollect the good old salad days.”
Marcus Mergulhao; Percussionist Bondo in a World of His Own; The Times of India (New Delhi); Jul 18, 2016.

“Warren Buffett is justifiably revered by investors around the world ... Nevertheless, from my perch, Buffett’s salad days seem to be over; the only question that remains is the timing and to what degree investors will abandon the Oracle of Omaha.”
Doug Kass; Doug Kass on the Market; Wiley; 2014.

See more usage examples of salad days in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive, and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered. -Jean Piaget, psychologist (9 Aug 1896-1980)

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