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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A noisy, boisterous celebration or parade.
2. A mock serenade with pots, pans, kettles, etc., given for a newly married couple. Also known as charivari or shivaree.
ETYMOLOGY:Back-formation from callithumpian, alteration of English dialect word gallithumpian (disturber of order at Parliamentary elections in 18th century).
USAGE:"'Our clothes,' Bono said, 'got somewhat fusty in the rebels' little New Year's callithump."
M.T. Anderson; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing; Candlewick Press; 2008.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable. -H.R. McMaster, Brigadier General, US Army, Iraq War veteran (b. 1962) [Actually Brig. Gen. was talking about PowerPoint]
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