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2009-04-01 19:11:54

Comedian Bill Cosby has been named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center announced Wednesday. The 71-year-old performer is perhaps best-known for The Cosby Show, his classic 1980s sit-com about a close-knit, upper-middle-class black family living in Brooklyn, N.Y. The stand-up comedian, writer and social activist's other TV credits include The Electric Company, I Spy and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. "After bathing us, dressing us in fresh...


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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