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A.Word.A.Day--bobby

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bobby (BOB-ee) noun

British: A policeman.

[After Sir Robert Peel, who was Great Britain's Home Secretary when the 1828 Metropolitan Police Act was passed.]

"The fish and chip shop may be as 'Truly British' as the bobbies patrolling in their pointed black helmets, but the tidy streets, royalist sentiments and low crime rate hark back to an era that faded away decades ago in Britain." Emma Daly, Gibraltar Residents Fight for Identity, The New York Times, Apr 30, 2002.

This week's theme: What's in a name?

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There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight. -Vaclav Havel, writer, Czech Republic president (1936- )

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