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2006-07-06 08:05:00

By James Kilner LONGYEARBYEN, Norway -- Thais may not have a distinguished polar history but they are among the biggest ethnic groups in Norway's snowy Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This group of islands roughly the size of Ireland and about 600 miles from the North Pole is the only place in Western Europe where migrants from developing countries do not need a visa or permit to work and live. "If you're able to find a job you have the right according to the treaty to come here," Norway'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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