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General News Archive - December 10, 2008

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The holiday season is the busiest shopping time of the year - According to the National Retail Federation, more than 172 million shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday weekend this year – up from 147 million in 2007.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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