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A carefree time of youthful innocence, ingenuousness, and inexperience. A variant of the more common term "salad days," which comes from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. I thought that I had experienced true romantic love back in my salad years, before I graduated. Now, however, I think love is largely an elaborate delusion. Whenever I ask my grandfather the meaning of a word I hear on TV, he always laughs and says he'll tell me when I'm no longer in my salad years.
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