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2004-11-30 15:00:11

It was shaping up to be a "Desperate Housewives" kind of week. I had a sick kid, a dead fish, a clogged toilet, a clogged nose and a bruised foot from dropping a 6-pound box of dishwasher detergent on it. And it was only Tuesday. So, when aesthetician Renee Rivera of Casa Verde Spa offered a complimentary therapeutic facial, I jumped -- well, limped -- at it. Journalistic ethics forbade me from accepting the facial as a freebie, but I did agree with Rivera's assertion that to write about...


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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