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Technology News Archive - December 31, 2006

By Doug Clark, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Dec. 31--Greetings and salivations, my gleeful monkeys. Today, we salute the area's most memorable dubious achievers of 2006 with the 20th running of the Budnick Awards.

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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