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Oddities News Archive - January 30, 2008

In the quiet early morning hours in Charleston's East End, the soft purring of a small engine can sometimes go unnoticed. But Capitol police and security guards now know to pay attention to such noises.

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.