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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 12, 2009

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In May of last year, US video gamers spent more on games, hardware and accessories than this May, suggesting this year's release schedule couldn't compete with Take Two Interactive's "Grand Theft Auto IV" last spring.

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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