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2006-06-06 01:16:09

By Eric Onstad JWANENG MINE, Botswana (Reuters) - Moonlight glistens off a huge zeppelin airship as it glides over Botswana's Kalahari desert. High-tech sensors on board probe the arid sands below, looking for buried diamonds. This is De Beers' latest tool in its search for gems in Botswana, the world's leading diamond producer by value. The rigid dirigible with a disaster-scarred history carries classified U.S. technology, first developed for the military and still so sensitive...


Word of the Day
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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