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Hooverville

[hoo-ver-vil]
noun
  1. a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.
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Origin of Hooverville

H. Hoover + -ville, suffix in place names (< French: city < Latin; see villa)
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Hooverville

1933, American English, from U.S. president Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964), who was in office when the Depression began, + common place-name ending -ville. Earlier his name was the basis of Hooverize "economize on food" (1917) from his role as wartime head of the U.S. Food Administration.

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hoovervilles in Culture

Hoovervilles

The encampments of the poor and homeless that sprang up during the Great Depression. They were named with ironic intent after President Herbert Hoover, who was in office when the depression started.

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