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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 18th October 2019
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lustrum (noun) LUS-trum



A period of five years.

The sacred flame of curiosity burns dimmer and dimmer as lustrum is added to lustrum in human life, but it is never extinguished.

Reprint on 13 August 2005 of an article from November 1889, The Guardian. The Guardian

In the post-war lustrum, that last golden age of spectator sport in this country, attendance figures in general were breathtaking.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Guardian Unlimited, 18 May 1999. Guardian Unlimited

That proud distinction has been sadly blurred by a "lustration law" recently enacted by the Federal Assembly.

The term itself has unfortunate roots. It derives from the Latin "lustrum," meaning a purifying sacrifice carried out at five-year intervals in Imperial Rome.

Unatrributed, The New York Times, 7 January 1992. New York Times




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