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2008-07-10 12:00:38

Firefighters battling wildfires in Northern California got no relief from nature Thursday as dry thunderstorms and triple-digit heat were forecast. The extreme heat and dry conditions favored a 49,000-acre brushfire in Butte County, where firefighters said wind whipped up flames, the air grew hotter and thick smoke blackened the sky Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. So far, the Butte County blaze has destroyed about 50 homes and forced about 10,000 residents to flee....


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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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