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2008-07-22 00:00:24

By Peter Popham Italy shamed over photo highlighting growing disquiet over treatment of Gypsies. By Peter Popham It is another balmy weekend on the beach in Naples. By the rocks, a couple soak up the southern Italian sun. A young man in sunglasses and a white T-shirt saunters by, playing with his mobile phone. Inches away, their feet poking from under beach towels that cover their faces and bodies, lie two drowned Roma children. The girls, Cristina, 16, and Violetta, 14, were buried...


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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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