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2008-11-06 21:00:07

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on an official visit to Russia, described U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as "young, handsome and even suntanned." The joke, if that is what it was, provoked ridicule and anger in Italy, The Daily Telegraph reported. "Right on time, here comes the first sensational gaffe," said La Repubblica, one of the country's major newspapers. Berlusconi made the remark while speculating on the effect of the U.S. election on relations with Russia and its...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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