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Four Is The Magic Number For Our Memory
2012-11-29 08:12:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the last 50 years, psychological lore has held seven as a "magic" number when it comes to the number of items of information the mind can cope with before confusion sets in. A new analysis from the University of New South Wales challenges this long-held view, suggesting the magic might actually be in the number four. American psychologist George Miller published a paper in 1956 in the influential journal Psychological Review....


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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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