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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
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.