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General News Archive - February 10, 2004

Randy Ayers was fired by the struggling Philadelphia 76ers during his first season as their coach, two team sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Assistant Chris Ford will be promoted, according to one of the sources, who both spoke on condition of anonymity.

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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