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Education News Archive - January 31, 2008

By Kathy A. Goolsby, The Dallas Morning News Jan. 31--A new type of school that allows students to earn high school and college diplomas at the same time has proved so popular that several area school systems are scrambling to keep up with the demand.

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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