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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 24th June 2021
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tsuris or tsouris (noun using a singular verb form) TSOO-ris



Grief, hassle, troubles, headaches, problems, woes (predominantly that arising from offspring).

It's within David's frame that Elaine utters the Hebrew word "tsuris" - trouble. "Tsuris is all I ever got from you," she breathes at Arnold.

Tilda Swinton, The Guardian, 12 August 2003.
Guardian

"And how many children do you have?"

"None."

"So what do you do for tsuris?"

Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish. Amazon

Now, six months later, in the aftermath of the tsunami of tsuris that swept Republicans from the Congressional majority, the phrase that seized every headline writer is the first 100 hours.

William Safire, The New York Times, 28 January 2007.
New York Times




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