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International News Archive - June 27, 2009

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One of Italy's last bastions of male privilege has been breached with the coming of the first female gondolier in Venice, observers said.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.