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2008-09-24 15:00:35

By Geoffrey Macnab Gender scene Mickey Rourke puts his pecker in the popcorn in Barry Levinson's 'Diner' (1982) Men are beasts. They want only one thing and they'll lie and cheat to get it. Women are sweet-natured, romantic and fiercely protective of their virtue. This, at least, is the theory of the battle between the sexes advanced in countless US teen movies from the 1950s onward. Of course, the generalisations don't really add up. The predatory, leather-clad rebel on the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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