TEOTWAWKI
acronym. The End Of The World As We Know It; a catch-all phrase for the chaos and disruption that some people expect will occur in the new millennium.

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There is, however, a class of people who not only believe TEOTWAWKI is upon us, but are positively looking forward to it: the hi-tech incarnation of the survivalist movement that emerged in the 1970s when the apocalyptic fear was of global nuclear warfare.
—Wendy Grossman, "Connected: A diet of worms for when it all falls apart," The Daily Telegraph, September 21, 1998

They would have looked even deeper into the woods for a place, but if TEOTWAWKI happens, they want to be sure their children and grandchildren still living in cities can reach this sanctuary in time.
—Joe Robertson, “End of the earth,” Chicago Tribune, August 9, 1998

Earliest Citation:
"Even if it's only going to be a bump in the road, the psychology of this is going to cause major problems," said Rawles. He may be fueling that psychology, reissuing his book under the title "TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World As We Know It."
—Eric Sorenson, "Millennium bug has doomsayers heading for hills," The Seattle Times, July 12, 1998

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