Hooverville



[hoo-ver-vil] /ˈhu vərˌvɪl/

noun
1.
a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.

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.

noun

A slum of makeshift shacks where unemployed workers live

[1930s+; fr President Herbert Hoover, who was president during the early years of the Great Depression]

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