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2008-07-15 12:00:00

The quaint portrait of a silver-haired farmer overlooks the hearing room of the House Agriculture Committee at the Capitol in Washington. It's a throwback to the days when the committee's business was most concerned with whether a drought might wipe out the season's corn crop, or whether an early frost could drive orange juice prices through the roof. But these days the delegates of the National Association of Wheat Growers have company. Slick-dressed representatives of commodities exchanges...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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