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2008-09-03 03:00:16

By Kirgin, Ken Casting shipments continue to decline this year, leading to a slight uptick next year. A preliminary analysis of the use of metal castings in the U.S. indicates that the slowdown forecast for 2008 continues, and a loss of 3.8% in casting shipments is to follow the drop in tonnage in 2007. The slowdown experienced in the first six months of this year in most casting market sectors is expected to continue into 2009; however, shipments should increase 2.8% over this year's...


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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