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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 31st May 2020
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bellwether (noun and adjective) BEL-wethur

Leader, ringleader; marker or setter of a pattern or trend; leading.

We ultimately concluded that the Ninth Circuit must not take "such words" (i.e., the words "on the merits") as "an absolute bellwether" on the timeliness question.

Justice Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States, No. 04-721, 10 January 2006. US Supreme Court

Munich’s actions are being closely watched as a bellwether for the fortunes of Linux in the public sector, in Europe and elsewhere.

Senator Greig, Australian Senate Hansard, 12 August 2004. Australian Senate Hansard

In the US yesterday, two bellwether companies even sounded cheerful.

Nils Pratley, The Guardian, 12 October 2007. The Guardian

It's likely that the sequential decline in foreclosure activity between August and September was just a blip, not a bellwether of lessening foreclosure filings.

Alex Veiga (AP), The Washington Post, 11 October 2007. Washington Post

A beef ravioli special on my first night in Mr. Chemel's house would be my bellwether.

Frank Bruni, The New York Times, 15 August 2007. New York Times

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