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International News Archive - July 16, 2012

Butterflies In The UK On The Decline Due To Wet Weather

It isn’t just the Olympics that may suffer from the wet weather that UK residents are experiencing. The damp weather may impact the country’s Big Butterfly Count, an annual event run by charity Butterfly Conservation. It began on July 14th and runs through Aug. 5th.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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