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2009-04-14 20:49:06

For the first time in more than a century, a sturgeon has turned up in a net in the Baltic Sea, caught by a Swedish fisherman. Ulf Akerlund told the news agency TT that he caught the unusual fish Thursday off Oland, an island on the southeast coast of Sweden. The fish was in the midst of a net full of cod, his usual catch. I had at first no idea what it was, he said. But we surfed around a bit on the Internet and researched in a couple of books and we found out that it was a sturgeon. The...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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