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Happy New Year!

NYEBigBall.jpgIt's New Year's Day 2006! And the Rose Parade isn't on TV! Wonder why? Well, it turns out it's due to a very old tradition that dates back to the early days of the parade, which started in 1890.

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Word of the Year

At MacDailyNews I found out that podcast is the New Oxford American Dictionary's Word for 2005.
Examples of the runners-up include:
• bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp. poultry, that is transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)
• ICE (an entry stored in one's cellular phone that provides emergency contact information)

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Put Your Research Skills to Work

The BBC and the Oxford English Dictionary have teamed up to appeal for help solving some of the most intriguing recent word mysteries in the language. They invite you to join the BBC Wordhunt.
If you are successful, email your evidence; it might feature in the big series coming to BBC2 next year.

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