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2004-12-03 07:15:53

El Nino has fascinated people for centuries, and continues to interest people around the world, because it changes global weather patterns. It was named by Peruvian fisherman after the Christ child because the warm waters that appear in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru usually appear in the wintertime before Christmas.


Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.