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2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Shelby Wood, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 1--Portlanders love doing it themselves. The DIY route often is cheaper, more original and less toxic: think backyard gardens, local microbrews and handmade crafts at Saturday Market. But when it comes to washing a car, it's better to see a professional. Oregon's rivers and streams will be healthier for it. The message runs counter to the bad rap that commercial carwashes still fight, nearly 20 years after the federal Clean Water...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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