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Business News Archive - April 13, 2007

By Heather Landy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Apr. 13--For three years, Pier 1 Imports executives have struggled to make sense of their company's troubles. They blamed their slowdown on competition from Target Corp. They blamed the war in Iraq.

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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