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Education News Archive - January 28, 2006

By Kelly Melhart, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jan. 28--A new state law that allows some children to attend school in the districts where their grandparents live has school officials worried about a possible influx of students.

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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