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Business News Archive - November 11, 2006

By Stacie Hamel, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Nov. 11--Union Pacific has reversed its decision to charge model railroad manufacturers royalty fees, a practice the Omaha-based railroad began in 2003.

By Sandy Kleffman, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Nov. 11--John Muir Medical Center has reached agreement with a labor union that went on strike at its Concord hospital twice this year. The settlement ends a bitter, yearlong dispute at the hospital, formerly known as Mt.

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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