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2005-09-13 20:57:18

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Forget Atkins, Weightwatchers and Jenny Craig -- a new diet craze has emerged in Australia that has toppled Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and J.K. Rowling's latest Harry Potter novel from the top of the bestseller list. Even more surprisingly, this low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet was created by government scientists. Although best known internationally as a sports-mad country full of fit, bronzed youth, Australia is in reality battling...


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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