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2008-07-14 09:00:14

By Charles Duhigg A few years ago, a self-described "militant liberal" named Val Curtis decided that it was time to save millions of children from death and disease. So Curtis, an anthropologist then living in Burkina Faso, contacted some of the world's largest multinational corporations and asked them, in effect, to teach her how to manipulate consumer habits worldwide. Curtis, now the director of the Hygiene Center at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, had spent years...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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