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General News Archive - January 04, 2005

LOS ANGELES - A woman recounted Tuesday how she and her boyfriend hid by a tree and avoided intervening when Robert Blake yelled for help for his bleeding wife, telling the jury that the actor's behavior seemed "odd" and "forced.""It didn't seem genuine or real," Mary Beth Rennie said as Blake's murder trial resumed Tuesday after a holiday recess.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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