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2008-06-17 15:00:20

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jun. 15--TechMan remembers when the Internet was emerging in the '90s and newspapers and magazines carried glowing articles about how all human knowledge would be available to everyone in searchable form. ("Yes, son, Dad was alive in a time called the '80s when there was no World Wide Web and we were forced to listen to music by bands named Flock of Seagulls.") Well, it didn't quite turn out that way, but some people carry on one of those utopian...


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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