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Oddities News Archive - July 14, 2006

By Ros Krasny CHICAGO (Reuters) - For bowler Michael Cook, it's strictly competitive. For cheerleader Eric Hoffman, it's political. And for Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley, it's a possible Olympics dress rehearsal.

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.