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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 30, 2006

A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been cast as Lyra Belacqua, the central character in Philip Pullman's best-selling children's trilogy "His Dark Materials" which is being adapted into a big-budget film series.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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