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2011-12-13 23:05:29

When the story of Jesus known as The Gospel of Mark began to circulate as a written text in the ancient Mediterranean cities, it became engaged in a form of negotiation with the Roman imperial culture. A newly published dissertation from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows, however, that a European colonial heritage probably has caused biblical scholars to neglect the earliest Gospel's primary act of negotiation with its imperial context. Biblical scholar Hans Leander has...

2009-10-02 14:58:35

The Texas-based Global Language Monitor said its 2009 Top Politically (in)Correct Words include swine flu, black sheep and politically correct. The Austin-based organization said its sixth annual survey of the English Language picked swine flu as the politically incorrect list-topper due to multiple governments and agencies referring to the virus as H1N1 to protect pork producers from losing business. The list also included saint, which was cited after the Oxford University Press pulled it...

2009-09-09 17:41:30

A British travel agency said poorly translated signs reported by tourists include a Norwegian sign saying children left unattended will be sold to the circus. Online travel agency Sunshine.co.uk said a similar sign at an Austrian bar warns children left unattended will be sold as slaves, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. A bar in Tokyo offers special cocktails for ladies with nuts while a Yugoslavian hotel bears a sign stating the flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the...

2009-08-01 14:46:53

Harvard University's moves to seek U.S. trademarks for everyday phrases such as Ask what you can do are defensive measures, a school official says. The university has poured a lot of money into basing its promotional and advertising campaigns on such phrases as Ask what you can do, which was famously uttered by President John F. Kennedy in his 1960 inaugural speech, as well as Lessons learned and Managing yourself, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. So, Rick Calixto, director of the Harvard...

2009-07-27 14:55:45

Organizers of the Make-out Manifestation in Malmo, Sweden, said more than 30 couples came out to lock lips for the event. The organizers of the Mollevangen district event, Sara Westman and Daniel Wilby, said about half of the participants arrived with their make-out partner, while others used cardboard signs -- labeled guy-girl, guy-guy, girl-girl and does not matter -- to attract partners from among the other attending singles, The Local reported Monday. The most fun thing was that many came...

2009-07-22 10:44:59

Sharing a birthday increases the likelihood of a sale or booking a dental appointment, researchers in Canada and Singapore say. However, rudeness causes the shared similarity to lose its positive influence and the researchers warn against faking a shared birthday or birthplace to improve sales. Experiments conducted by the researchers -- Lan Jiang, JoAndrea Hoegg, Darren W. Dahl, all of University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Amitava Chattopadhyay of INSEAD in Singapore --...

2009-06-15 08:56:04

An Ohio high school principal said yearbook distribution has been suspended because an obscenity was cleverly concealed in the cover artwork. Shaker Heights High School Principal Michael Griffith wrote in a letter to students and parents that the cover of the yearbook, which featured a gathering of the school's Red Raider mascots, also contained a farewell message featuring the F word, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday. Griffith wrote that cosmetic surgery is being performed on the...

2009-05-17 12:54:16

A judge says she will marry couples in five languages in a special ceremony in Cincinnati this coming Sunday. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Nadine Allen said she also is open to working with interpreters if couples want to get married in something other than French, Italian, Spanish, Swahili or English, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday. If anyone speaks another language and wants their vows in a tongue other than the five, Allen said, we will be glad to work with an...

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2009-05-04 15:00:13

U.S. rock star Pink denies she told a British tabloid she is bisexual. The singer is currently on tour in London. I just read that I'm bisexual -- so 1991. Good thing people write articles about me so I can get my facts straight, Usmagazine.com quoted her as saying in a weekend Twitter posting. The message refers to a recent News of the World report claiming she told the newspaper, I would also be just as happy with a new woman (as I would be with a man.) Pink and her husband Carey Hart split...

2009-05-01 18:29:03

British police said a couple was arrested for having sex out in the open on the lawn of Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II's primary residences. A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the couple was issued a warning after their arrest, the Daily Mirror reported Friday. We can confirm that two people were arrested for outraging public decency and were subsequently cautioned for the said offense, the spokesman said. Witnesses said the couple engaged in intercourse on the castle lawn, in...


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bellycheer
  • Good cheer; viands.
  • To revel; to feast.
The word 'bellycheer' may come from 'belle cheer', "good cheer".
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