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2006-07-26 15:33:09

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (Reuters) - In one of the most tightly contested and closely watched U.S. House races, Republican Rick O'Donnell has been a gleeful bystander as Democrats slug it out in a primary that could leave the winner weak and vulnerable in November. O'Donnell, the unopposed Republican nominee in Colorado's 7th District, has been organizing and raising money all year while Democrats Peggy Lamm and Ed Perlmutter batter each other...


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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