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Oddities News Archive - August 12, 2008

A FIREFIGHTER who had a lung removed after being misdiagnosed with cancer yesterday told how the error ruined his life. Laurence Ball (58) was told he had a tumour in his lung and needed surgery to remove the organ.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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