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rialto (re-AL-to) noun
1. A theatre district.
2. An exchange or marketplace.
[After Rialto, an island of Venice which was the commercial center of the city. The Rialto bridge was the first bridge on the Grand Canal.]
"It was this... that made it some forty or fifty years ago the rialto of
the West Indian islands."
This week's theme: words derived from Italian landmarks.
No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)