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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 18th July 2018
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harbinger (noun) HAR-bin-jer

Forerunner, herald.

With alarming haste, I was referred to a neurologist, who tentatively diagnosed a condition called optic neuritis, which is often, although not exclusively, a harbinger of multiple sclerosis.

Penny Anderson, The Guardian, 25 February 2008. Guardian

Gandhi decried the Raj as the harbinger of modernity, while for Nehru it was the detested heart of the ancien regime.

Soumya Bhattacharya, The Observer, 12 August 2007. Observer,
reviewing Maria Misra's Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion. Amazon

The push of the drama is for Cusack to learn the beauty and danger of his elders’ spirit of compromise; perhaps the filmmakers err when they portray him as the harbinger of a cleaner, more righteous political era.

Michael Sragow, The New Yorker, 16 February 2001. The New Yorker

Productivity growth has also weakened markedly in the past two years, a harbinger of a lower overall standard of living for Americans.

Unattributed (editorial), The New York Times, 16 March 2008. New York Times

Harry Arnold of the Sun called Di a "harbinger of secrets", obviously misunderstanding either the word "harbinger" or the word "secret".

Zoe Williams, New Statesman, 30 August 2004. New Statesman

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