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2008-06-20 18:00:16

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--With millions of acres of overgrown Oregon forests at desperate risk of wildfires, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Thursday advanced an outline of legislation aimed at permanently protecting old-growth trees while also promoting sustainable logging. That combination has long been an elusive Holy Grail of public-land forestry in the Northwest. Intense old-growth logging through the 1980s led to a public and legal backlash that...


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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