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train wreck n. a disaster or failure, especially one that is unstoppable or unavoidable; a disorganized, problematic, or chaotic person or thing; an incongruous situation. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • The second definition, above, relating to a person, was used in a recent episode of Mad Men.  I was curious if this usage was around in the early 60s.  I don’t recall the first time I heard it, but it seems more recent.  Anyone know?

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