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2008-09-04 15:00:22

By Oline H. Cogdill "Moscow Rules," by Daniel Silva; read by Phil Gigante; Brilliance Audio; abridged, 10 hours; 9 CDs; $36.95 Daniel Silva's espionage thrillers have plenty of high-concept plot twists such as terrorists, bombings, national security and the world in chaos. But one of the real reasons that Silva's novels have found a resonance with readers - and a secure place on best-sellers lists - is the author's ability to put a human face on these big-picture themes. This is...


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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