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2006-01-19 07:07:42

TOKYO -- When Hong Kong lawyer Maureen Chow was expecting her first baby she bought her 84-year-old grandmother, who was in confinement, a high-speed advanced mobile phone so she could see her great-granddaughter via video phone. "Before I had the baby, she used it every day. After I had the baby, she knew my schedule would become tighter, so she called once in a couple days," Chow, 32, recalls. "She just pressed my number and then pressed a special button. It was just like calling a voice...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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