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International News Archive - November 21, 2011

Pakistan Mulling Ban On Obscene Words In Text Messages

A move to ban a long list of so-called “dirty words” from all text messages by the Pakistan Telecommunications Association (PTA) has been delayed by Pakistani mobile operators today who are seeking for further clarification from the telecoms authority.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'