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Business News Archive - January 16, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rising energy costs and a slowdown in the housing market could translate into subdued retail sales growth in 2006, industry trade group the National Retail Federation said in its quarterly retail sales forecast released on Monday.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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