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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 18th January 2022
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paradigm (noun) PARR-a-dime

Example, model, exemplar, basic theory, conceptual framework.

Every one of his readings was in that sense a paradigm of the great effort of his work: healing society, restoring it to oneness.

Simon Callow, The Guardian, 23 December 2006, Guardian
reviewing Malcom Andrews' Charles Dickens and His Performing Selves: Dickens and the Public Readings. Amazon

Gradually, Cooper transcended the paradigm of the "novelty act" and by 1968 was regularly achieving sole star billing, a fact that meant little to him, but which, to the forensically inclined Fisher, represents a significant milestone in the history of light entertainment.

Kathry Hughes, The Guardian, 11 November 2006, Guardian
reviewing John Fisher's Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing. Amazon

Instead, this is a curious and engaging series of pieces which retain a personal and historical flavour but look outwards, using the Irish experience of colonisation and oppression in the south and conflict in the north as paradigms for the present pains of other countries.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer, 21 August 2005, The Observer
reviewing Thomas Lynch's Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. Amazon

Gradual change is our paradigm, yet actual change is “almost always outlandish.”

Gregg Easterbrook, The New York Times, 22 April 2007, New York Times
reviewing Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Amazon

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