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- Rep. Steve Stockman: Give my campaign $10, and you’ll get an Obama barf bag
- Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds
- Expert: Obamacare ‘death spiral’ fears exaggerated
- Alabama firefighters dig for survivors of apartment blast
- Big Sur wildfire destroys home of firefighting chief
- ‘ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ set for mock trial to argue authorship
- Angela Merkel’s third term as Germany’s chancellor to be marked by move to left
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- Dennis Rodman heads to North Korea — despite execution, political purge
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FOR THE LEXICON
“In the spirit of public service,” the Global Language Monitor has selected some historic Olympic terms that might come in handy during polite conversation, above the din of overblown news coverage. Paul JJ Payack, president of the Texas-based research group, praises the games for providing humanity with a “rich tapestry of linguistic innovation.” See it here: languagemonitor.com. And a few to ponder:
1. Citius, Altius, Fortius: The Olympic motto is actually Latin, not Greek, for “faster, higher, stronger.”
2. Dead Rubber (tennis): A match in a series in which the outcome has already been decided by previous matches.
3. Fletching (archery): Feathers from the left wing of a turkey, goose or raptor used to stabilize an arrow; now replaced with synthetics.
4. High-Drag Projectile (badminton): The birdie or shuttlecock.
5. Victor Ludorum: “The champion of the games,” in Latin of course, Mr. Payack says.
POLL DU JOUR
• 71 percent of Fox News viewers and 68 percent of NASCAR fans say more government regulation will hurt business and the economy.
• 59 percent of Fox News viewers and 53 percent of NASCAR fans say “it will make a big difference” if Mitt Romney is elected president.
Source: A McClatchy/Marist poll of 1,214 U.S. adults conducted June 18 to 26 and released Monday.
• Hoots and hollers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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