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2011-08-18 09:35:00

US agencies report that the country has already tied its yearly record for billion-dollar weather disasters and there are still 3 months left of the year and the hurricane season is just picking up. The National Weather Service (NWS) said on Wednesday that the cumulative tab from floods, tornadoes and heat waves has already racked up $35 billion in damage, based on insurance estimates. Recent flooding in the Midwest has attributed $2 billion of that damage alone. "I don't think it takes a...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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