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2009-06-04 14:40:16

Builders in London discovered an intact 17th century witch bottle, a wine jug containing hair, finger nail clippings, pins and urine, researchers said. The researchers told British Archeology that the bottle, believed to be the first found with its contents intact, was discovered at a construction site in the Greenwich district of London, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. The burial of witch bottles containing personal items was a common practice among people suffering from illnesses and...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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