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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - July 07, 2006

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Hollywood has cleared the decks this weekend, making way for what many expect will be the summer's biggest hit, Buena Vista Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

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Since playing an aspiring pirate in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Orlando Bloom has been an elf, a milkman, a shoe designer and a soldier.

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" opens Friday (July 7), but the Walt Disney Co. also has high hopes for the property in the strikingly different media of massively multiplayer online games.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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