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2006-04-05 07:50:00

By Lee Chyen Yee TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- It tastes bitter, turns your teeth black and causes cancer, but it also gives you a buzz and is served by scantily clad young women. And that is why it is proving hard for Taiwan's government to get its heavy betel nut chewers, mostly blue-collar workers, to kick the habit despite the widely known health risks and the red stains left on the sidewalks where users spit out the juice. Truck drivers in Taiwan, like their counterparts in China, India, Indonesia...


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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