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2006-04-05 07:50:00

By Lee Chyen Yee TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- It tastes bitter, turns your teeth black and causes cancer, but it also gives you a buzz and is served by scantily clad young women. And that is why it is proving hard for Taiwan's government to get its heavy betel nut chewers, mostly blue-collar workers, to kick the habit despite the widely known health risks and the red stains left on the sidewalks where users spit out the juice. Truck drivers in Taiwan, like their counterparts in China, India, Indonesia...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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