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2010-10-22 20:24:00

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations for the spookiest fun-filled parties have begun. For many, October is that special month catering to the Halloween season, a serious billion-dollar industry that has grown into the nations second largest holiday. "...The National Retail Federation estimated the average consumer in 2003 spent about $41.77 on Halloween-related items, including $14.41 on candy, $14.85 on costumes and $10.37 on decorations. Total retail sales in 2003...


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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