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Science News Archive - July 01, 2007

By ANNE GILDEA WE'RE not known as a nation of nudies. Not so very long ago there was a national brouhaha over a Late Late Show audience member revealing she didn't wear a nightie on her wedding night.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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