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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Definitions for albatross

  1. a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
  2. something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
  3. any of several large, web-footed sea birds of the family Diomedeidae that have the ability to remain aloft for long periods.

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Citations for albatross
If the Republicans want a clean and decisive victory in November, or perhaps any kind of victory, they must get rid of this albatross before going to voters. , "Morals and Politics: The Republicans Must Drop an Albatross Before They Can Achieve Real Harmony," Life, July 14, 1952
There are many students for whom college is not that promised ticket to the middle class, but rather an albatross that punishes their early adulthood. Derek Thompson, "The Scariest Student Loan Number," The Atlantic, July 19, 2016
Origin of albatross
Albatross is related to the Portuguese term for "pelican," alcatraz. The spelling was likely influenced by the Latin word for "white," albus, due to the coloring of the bird. It entered English in the late 1600s.