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2006-05-19 08:26:44

By Jon Hurdle GILLETTE, New Jersey (Reuters) - On a moonlit night in a New Jersey swamp, four men stand silently, heads bowed and hands cupped behind their ears, as they strain to hear faint sounds in the surrounding acres of mud and vegetation. Suddenly one urgently whispers: "Sora," and the others turn in the direction of a squeal he heard but they did not. As they resume their listening poses, the sound recurs a few moments later and the men nod to each other in approval. It is...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.