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Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary's best famine example - Ethiopia

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique insights into the cognitive process. Recently, dictator Meles Zenawi responding to an interviwer’s question made a public confession of shame and regret over the fact that the Oxford Dictionary uses Ethiopia as a prime example of famine.

Interviewer: In the mid-1960s something was revealed in our country. Many people were waging struggles. You were in the struggle. In the Oxford dictionary, for the word famine, the example given is Ethiopia. How does that make you feel as an Ethiopian? Continue reading Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary