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2006-11-26 09:00:19

By David Venditta and Linda O'Connell, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. Nov. 26--Second of a three-day series "I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me there is something charming in the sound," 22-year-old Lt. Col. George Washington wrote to his younger brother Jack on May 31, 1754. Those shots -- Washington's first brush with combat -- were fired three days earlier in a glen near southwestern Pennsylvania's Laurel Ridge. They ignited the French and Indian War and a period of...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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