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A.Word.A.Day--Young Turk

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Young Turk (yung turk) noun, also young Turk, young turk

A young member of a group who advocates reforms within an established organization or one who attempts to wrest control of it.

[After members of a reformist and nationalist party in Turkey during early 20th century.]

"`These young Turks in the LDP are still on the fringe,' said Hideaki Kase, a historian and political commentator. `So it's my bet that Hashimoto will win, because he controls the apparatus.'" Doug Struck, Revolt Opens Up Race to Lead Japan, The Washington Post, Apr 12, 2001.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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