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2005-07-29 14:00:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Ohio Gov. Bob Taft's former chief of staff was found guilty on Friday of violating ethics laws by not disclosing gifts from a Republican fund-raiser embroiled in "Coingate," a scandal over a missing $13 million in state funds. Brian Hicks, 40, who became a lobbyist when he left government two years ago, pleaded no contest and was fined $1,000 for the misdemeanor ethics violation by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Scott VanDerKarr. Hicks, who could have...


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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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