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2005-07-14 19:55:49

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A senator's remark in Congress that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is an idiot or corrupt on Thursday set off tempers and halted a congressional probe into a scandal threatening the government. Sen. Arthur Virgilio was referring to the unfolding corruption scandal in which Lula's Workers' Party is said to have bribed lawmakers of other parties in Congress to push through government measures. "We are being governed by at least an idiot," said Virgilio,...


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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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